Curtis W Moore
30 Oct. 96
In the story "Misery" by Antov Chekhov, I identified despair and misery
as a theme. The surroundings amplify the sentiment of the main character, Iona
Potapov. Cold and gray surrounds' Iona Potapov and he is extremely miserable.
Iona Potapov wants to speak to another human about his son's death but no one
will listen. Failing to speak with any humans, Iona is resigned to speak with
At the beginning of the story Anton Chekhov sets the environment for the
story. "The twilight of evening." (30) While reading this story, I envision
the scenery by what Anton Chekhov wrote. "Big flakes of wet snow are whirling
lazily about the street lamps, which have just been lighted, and lying in a thin
soft layer on the roofs, horses' backs, shoulders, caps." (30) The picture
portrayed is that of dull, gloomy, sludge and gray ash covering all of the
surrounding areas. " The familiar gray landscape." (30)
The dis-pair and loneliness that Iona feels are sorrow. "May it do you
good . . . But my son is dead, mate . . . Do you hear?" (33). Iona
desperately wants to tell about his sons' death, and how it is affecting him.
"He wants to tell how his son was taken ill, how he suffered, what he said
before he died, how he died"(34). Ionas' son has died, and he feels as though it
should have been he to the grave instead of his youthful son. "My son ought to
be driving not I"(34).
The gray dismal surroundings entrap Iona and make the desolation worse
for him. "Iona Potapov, the sledge-driver, is all white like a ghost" (30). "He
sits on the box without stirring, bent as double as the living body can be bent"
(30). "He cannot think about his son when he is alone" (34). The surroundings
make him feel separated from his inner feelings. "But now the shades of evening
are falling on the town. The pale light of the street lamps changes to a... [continues]
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