The Misery of Sadness and Loneliness

1. Introduction

Misery and loneliness are two of the most universal emotions felt by people all over the world. They are also two of the most difficult emotions to deal with. In Anton Chekhov’s short story “Misery,” a boy tries to deal with his sadness and loneliness after the death of his mother. In James Joyce’s short story “Araby,” a boy tries to deal with his infatuation with a girl and his feelings of loneliness and isolation. While both boys try to express their emotions in different ways, they both end up feeling even more misery and loneliness.

2. Chekhov’s “Misery”

In Chekhov’s “Misery,” the main character is an unnamed boy who is dealing with the death of his mother. His father is an officer who is always away on business, so the boy is left feeling lonely and sad. To try and cope with his feelings, the boy starts talking to himself. He talks to himself about anything and everything, from the weather to his schoolwork. He even pretends to have conversations with his mother, imagining what she would say to him in different situations.

The boy tries to express his emotions in other ways as well. He starts breaking things in the house and picking fights with the other kids in his neighborhood. But no matter what he does, he can’t shake off his sadness and loneliness.

At the end of the story, the boy’s father comes home and finds him lying in bed crying. The boy tries to explain that he just misses his mother and wants her back, but his father doesn’t understand. His father tells him to stop being childish and says that he needs to be a man now. This only makes the boy feel worse, and he continues crying until he falls asleep.

3. Joyce’s “Araby”

In Joyce’s “Araby,” the main character is a young boy who is infatuated with a girl who lives next door. The boy is very shy and doesn’t know how to express his feelings for her. He admires her from afar and daydreams about what it would be like to be with her.

When the girl asks him to go to Araby, a bazaar that is coming to town, he is thrilled at the prospect of being able to buy her a gift. He imagines what it would be like to give her a present that she really wanted and how happy she would be.

However, when he gets there, he realizes that Araby is just a cheap carnival full of people trying to sell useless trinkets. He wanders around for a while before finally buying something for the girl. But by this time, he has realized that she will never really care for him the way he cares for her. All his dreams of being with her have been shattered, and he feels even more lonely than before.

Sadness, misery, and loneliness are difficult emotions to deal with because they are so universal. Everyone experiences them at some point in their lives, but it can be hard to find ways to cope with


Both "Misery" by Anton Chekhov and "Araby" by James Joyce are stories about unrequited love. In "Misery," the protagonist, Ivan, loves the woman who is marrying another man, while in "Araby," the protagonist, a young boy, is in love with a girl who does not return his affections. Both stories end tragically, with Ivan committing suicide and the boy realizing that his love will never be reciprocated.

The protagonists in each story deal with their respective situations in different ways. Ivan chooses to end his life when he realizes that he can never have the woman he loves, while the boy in "Araby" continues to hope for a relationship with the girl even after she makes it clear that she is not interested in him.

Each story says different things about human nature. In "Misery," Chekhov suggests that humans are capable of great love and passion, but also of self-destructive behavior when faced with heartbreak. Joyce's story suggests that humans are capable of idealizing others to such an extent that they lose sight of reality.

There are no overt religious or spiritual themes present in either story; however, both stories could be interpreted as having religious or spiritual undertones. For example, Ivan's suicide could be seen as a form of martyrdom for his unrequited love, and the boy's quest for the girl could be seen as a metaphor for spiritual yearning or searching for something greater than oneself.

The ending of each story affects the overall meaning of the work in different ways. In "Misery," Chekhov leaves it up to interpretation whether or not Ivan's suicide was actually successful; if it was unsuccessful, then it casts doubt on whether or not true happiness is possible within this world. The ending of "Araby" is more definitive; because the boy does not get what he wants (the girl), it suggests that sometimes people do not get what they want out of life, no matter how hard they try."