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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 sons death but no one will listen Failing to speak with any humans Iona is resigned to speak with his horse 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 died34 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 I34 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
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