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Chekhovs Use of Grief What is the fascination with grief and suffering that caused Anton Chekhov to entwine these two sad emotional states into everything he wrote Reading Anton Chekhovs stories one feels oneself in a melancholy state Everything is strange sharp lonely motionless helpless Nebraska 1 Further according to William Gerharde Chekhov answered this very question with the following When you depict sad or unlucky people and want to touch the readers heart one should try to be cold it gives their grief as it were a background against which it stands out in greater relief Gerharde 110 While Chekhov uses pain and suffering in all his stories he does an especially effective job with two short stories Misery and Vengeance In both Chekhov introduces a similar theme although it is first suggested in Misery The theme of the individual isolation is suggested in many of Chekhovs early stories but it is first fully developed in the brief sketch Misery Winner 137 While reading Misery the reader can absorb Chekhov through the twined themes of loneliness and isolationism This enables characters to become so real that each reader can relate through the characters and the situation One reason Misery is so well thought of by critics is that the story takes a powerful look at the lack of human involvement and compassion towards one mans grief Guevara 2 Of course almost all who read the story have felt such loneliness or grief at one time or other in their lives and can therefore relate to the protagonists pain and isolation In addition the atmosphere in Misery suggest grayness and depression a setting that immediately conveys to the reader the extreme pain the main character Potapov is feeling Details in the opening scene depicting the isolated figure of Iona Popatov summon a complex of moods and attitudes Wet snow falls on the shoulder of the cab driver As in sorrow and daydreams snow
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