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Sheena Tolson October 4 2000 Adv Comp Period 3 Misery Anton Chekhovs character Iona Potapov in Misery is having difficulty coping with his loneliness Through Ionas desolation he is unable to express his grief due to the death of his son which continues to contribute to his misery Chekhov emphasizes this quality through Ionas interactions with the officer the three men and his mare In the beginning of the story Iona escorts the officer who is disinclined to listen to him The cabman has difficulty expressing himself at first to the officer He looks at his fare and moves his lips apparently meaning to say something but nothing comes out Iona desperately seeks someone to whom he can share his sorrow with Once Iona begins telling the story of his sons death the officer is somewhat attentive The officer is disinterested more concerned with his destination then orders the cabman to keep driving Iona is no longer able to reach the officers attention Iona accomplishes nothing and the pain intensifies The fare is over and poor Potapov is left alone Not only does Iona encounter this uncaring and disinterested attitude with the officer but he also does with another fare immediately after The three men offer the cabman twenty kopecks which isnt reasonable enough but Iona doesnt care as long as he has a fare The money isnt as important to him its the company he gets from them that he cherishes Although he has several fares he is still unable to find that one person that will listen to him and to coincide with in his pain The men abuse the cabman by making unnecessary remarks and by even physically assaulting him However Iona hears the abuse addressed to him he sees people and the feeling of loneliness begins little by little to be less heavy on his heart He begins to tell them about his son but the hunchback rudely interrupts The three
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