Reaction to "Misery"
March 25, 2014
Reaction to "Misery"
Iona Potapov, a sledge driver, is a peculiar character. Anton Chekhov, the writer, used a sense of mystery to unravel to the reader who Iona really is. In the beginning it seems as though Iona does not care about his surroundings or much about his job as a sledge driver. His first fare, or what we would call passenger, was an officer. As the office is talking to Iona he doesn’t even acknowledge that he is there. The officer has to repeat himself several times before Iona starts to move his carriage. As they are moving along, Iona starts to reveal the loss of his son. This will be the first time Iona tries to talk about his loss. Anton gives us 2 other occasions with other people, where Iona tries to talk about the misery he is feeling inside his heart. Anton’s theme is as his title, Misery. He shows how Iona is feeling miserable and alone and is just trying to reach out and talk with someone, and these other people just don’t care. He shows how others are caught up in their own lives to show compassion to someone who has just lost their son. I feel that at one time or another, everyone can relate to this feeling of misery. I have felt the pain that Iona is feeling in this story. There have been times where I have encountered a loss and have not been able to talk to anyone about it. Sometimes it was because at that moment I was not ready to talk about it. Other times I felt as though the people in my life were too busy to talk with me. The feeling of sadness grows deeper in the heart and becomes such a feeling that the word misery can only describe it. Iona had buried his feelings deep inside for a while, as Anton describes, “His misery is immense… it has found a hiding-place in such a significant shell, that one would not have found it with a candle by daylight” (Pearson, 2014). One inference I made from this story is that Iona is in pain and misery. He has given up all hope and...
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