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In Misery by Anton Chekhov Iona the main character is oblivious to his surroundings pain and to the general public Hes on a mission to find anyone who will listen to him talk about the death of his son Iona is comatose to the world around him He portrays this trait of unawareness to his surroundings through lack of feeling pain numbness to the cold and by inadvertently isolating himself from reality and his present surroundings Lack of feeling towards pain depicts unawareness of his surroundings a trait illustrated through Iona Iona hears rather than feels a slap on the back of his neck Iona is so caught up in his sons death that throughout the story he is unaware to the reality of pain This quote implied that if it isnt for the sound effect of the hunchback striking him he wouldnt even know that he was hit Thus showing unawareness of his surroundings He sits on the bow without stirring bent as double as the living body can be bent Iona is positioned this way for the majority of the story waiting on passengers in the cold A person would think that after a while the pain of being hunched over would be unbearable Just the way Iona sits himself in that painful position proves that he has a characteristic of unawareness to pain therefore also to his surroundings Another example of Ionas trait is seen through this passage Iona feels behind his back the jolting person and quivering voice of the hunchback He hears abuse addressed to him he sees people and the feeling of loneliness begins little by little to be less heavy on his heart Examining this quote prompts the question How can
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