Everyone enjoys reading about stories they can relate with no matter what the relation involves. It could be comedy, misery, joy or many others. According to Samuel Johnson this is true. He states that Nothing can please many, and please long, but just representations of general nature. I feel this statement is true however I also feel that if a story involves suspense or an area of interest to a reader it does not have to be something they necessarily can relate to, just enjoy. It may not have as many readers, but it will endure time and captivate those with that particular interest. I have selected stories on both side of the spectrum to explain. I feel that Misery by Anton Chekov best exhibits the quality of being a just representation of general nature. The main character Iona, the carriage driver, is experiencing overwhelming grief due to the loss of his son. More than that, Iona can not get anyone to listen to the misery he is in or even explain what has happened or how.
Everyone in life goes through at least one grieving experience whether it be caused by death, divorce, severe illness or other reasons. Also, there is at least one experience which can not be shared because no one is listening or the circumstances are too hard and to unbearable. With either, the individual is left feeling lonely, pain-stricken and depressed. Misery is a part of life, some suffer greater misery than others, but it is no Iona knew the way he felt about losing his son and knew he simply needed to talk about it. He made several attempts to talk to his different customers. None of them cared about what he had to say. One customer, a hunchback, scorned, cursed and hit him for talking and not driving the carriage fast enough.
The Term Paper on The Conception Of Bharati Mukherjees Short Story the Management Of
The conception of Bharati Mukherjee's short story "The Management of Grief" reveals bureaucratic, social and psychological problems of Indian immigrants living in Canada when coping with the consequences of Air India flight 182 explosion and crash into the Atlantic Ocean close to the Coast of Ireland in 1985, which took the lives of 329 people including a great deal of Indo-Canadians. Recovering ...
They neglected his obvious feelings to fulfill their own interests and pursuits. Not everyone experiences what Iona did in his situation, but often our misery is ignored or mocked. Often we are treated this way by others to disguise of ones own misery. The customer that treated Iona the worst was the hunchback. Along with being hunchback he was short and had a cracked, quivering voice. Most likely he had experienced a lot of misery with no outlet himself and did not This week….er….my….er….son died! We shall all die,….
says the hunchback with a sigh, wiping his lips after coughing. Come, drive on! drive on! My friends, I cannot stand crawling like this! When will he get In the end Iona had not succeeded in sharing his misery with any of his customers. However, the companion that had been with him all day was available and listened, his Thats how it is, old girl….Kuzma Ionitch is gone….He said good-bye to me…. He went and died for no reason….Now, suppose you had a little colt, and you were that little colts own mother….And all at once that same little colt went and died….Youd be sorry, wouldnt you?…. The little mare munches, listens and breathes on her masters hands. Iona is carried away and tells her all about it. (Chekov 419) On the opposite side of the spectrum to Chekovs Misery is Stephen Cranes The Open Boat.
This story is about the shipwreck of the S.S. Commodore in the seas east of New Smyrna and the detailed escape of four of its crew members back to shore on a ten – foot life boat. The story starts up with the four escapees on the life boat. It then gives a detailed account of how they battled the waves in the boat, who rowed the oars, who dipped the water out of the boat after crashing waves and selected conversations during their journey of escape from the sea. The cook squatted in the bottom, and looked with both eyes at the six inches of gunwale which separated him from the ocean. His sleeves were rolled over his fat forearms, and the two flaps of his unbuttoned vest dangled as he bent to bail out the boat.
The Essay on For Your World Short Story
John Head le 2/8/05 Lit 2110 Sec. 840 Word Count: 1526 For Your World story consists of many small parts. When these parts are put together they create a piece of literature that conveys a message. This message can be about almost anything. Literature can tell a story about happiness or an experience of love. It all depends on what pieces and how they are placed together which makes a story. Anton ...
The oiler, steering with one of the two oars in the boat, sometimes raised himself suddenly to keep clear of water that swirled in over the stern. The correspondent, pulling at the oar, watched the waves and wondered The injured captain, lying in the bow, was at this time buried in that profound dejection and indifference which comes, temporarily at least, to even the bravest and most enduring when, willy-nilly, the firm fails, the army loses, the ship goes down (Crane 193).
I feel this story is not representative of common experience. It is not every day that one encounters or hears of others encountering being shipwrecked, escaping and making it safely back to shore. It seems unrealistic and like it is a one-in-a-million chance of happening type of event. Though I can not directly relate, I enjoy reading this story because of its suspense, detailed account of events and conversation and the fact that it is based on a true story.
The fact that the author wrote this story because it happened to him made me want to read it to see what he went through and how he made it out. Chekov, Anton. Misery. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Crane, Stephen. The Open Boat. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and