Misery Anton Chekhov Analysis

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“To whom shall I tell my grief?” Grief must receive closure. Grief has the power to make the strongest person helpless. For an individual to share their grief they receive a sense of compassion instead of endlessly searching for answers. In the short story “Misery”, Anton Chekhov effectively shows the desperation of communication through the character Iona Potapov and his mare. Chekhov illustrates the difficulty Iona faces to communicate his sufferings to the various people he speaks to as a sleigh driver. He accomplishes this through his style of writing, imagery, and the events that take place in the story. Anton Chekhov’s style of realism uses the voice of a man in deep sadness to portray the sorrow due brought with death. “This week……show more content…
The city within this story plays a big role with setting the dark mood. “The twilight of the evening.” Although, this quote is simple, it contains a deeper meaning. Twilight represents the time between the evening and night. Speaking metaphorically, Chekhov implies that an end is approaching using this word. The “darkness” that is on its way refers to death. Death is first introduced to the readers from the beginning of the story. It sets the mood for a gloomy, depressing place due to the ending of Iona’s son, Kuzma Ionitch’s life. “Iona Potapov the sledge driver, is all white like a ghost.” The scenery of the white, refers to the snow, from that we can infer the item and place of the year; a winter in the city. The imagery of a ghost relates to how Iona is spiritually abandoned because of his loss. He lost a part of who he was, in part with losing his own child. This being unusual for a parent to experience which is also much more difficult for Iona to face. “He sits on the box without stirring, bent as double as the living body can be bent.” Iona is molded into fetal position, being in this position makes an individual appear “small”. Therefore, it is interpreted that he wants to disappear from his reality. He’s out of the strength to hold his own body up. The weakness and despair that is bottled up within him is growing rapidly and breaking him down…show more content…
“Now suppose you had a little colt, and you were your own mother to that little colt… And all of the sudden that same little colt went and died… You’d be sorry, wouldn’t you?” When dealing with death, an individual is encompassed with all kinds of feelings and emotions. Depression, denial, and guilt are all the components of mourning through death. This quote, relates to the thought that everything one experiences is associated with their environment. Iona and the mare experience two different environments. For Iona, it’s adjusting to a life without his son. The little mare lives a life away from the farms in a gloomy city. Iona places the little mare in a similar scenario he’s in, as if she can respond. Although she can’t, the horse’s compassion is visible once again. “The little mare munches, listens, and breathers on her master’s hands.” The healing power of the mare was the key to easing Iona’s suffering. When Iona couldn’t find a sense of closure through the communication with human beings he finally opens his eyes to realize the one listener he had, was his little white mare. He pours his sorrows out to her and not only did she show compassion by hearing his every word, she physically comforts him. The little breath on his hand represents the transfer of warmth from the mare to Iona on a cold winter day. Even though she’s restricted to what she can do, at the end

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