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"Heartache" by Chekhov
A review of Anton Chekhov's short story "Heartache".
# 140866 | 1,000 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Russian)

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This essay is a consideration of Anton Chekhov's short story "Heartache," a tale which considers the isolation and suffering of Iona, a cabman whose son has died and who finds himself entirely isolated in the city, with no one to whom he can unburden his terrible sorrow. The paper describes how eventually foresaking humans, who are caught up in their own lives, Iona turns to the one source of comfort, unburdening himself by talking to his horse.

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"In "Heartache," Anton Chekhov paints a picture of a Russian cabman, Iona, enduring the pain of terrible grief. His son has just died a week earlier (Chekhov 124), and in his misery, Iona finds himself fundamentally isolated from everyone around him, unable to find any human to whom he can reach out to express the terrible pain he bears. For a week, he has wanted to unburden himself to someone, anyone, to bare his emotions to anyone who might be willing to listen (Chekhov 124). In the opening paragraphs of the story, Chekhov paints a picture of Iona as a man barely able to muster simple instincts for his own survival."

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