Loneliness in Eleanor Rigby and Misery Essay

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Loneliness in Eleanor Rigby and Misery

The poem "Eleanor Rigby," written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, has a common theme with Anton Chekov's short story "Misery." They present to the reader the failure of the main characters to make any significant contact with other people. This failure results in an overwhelming sense of despair and loneliness.

In both of these works the main characters are faced with a problem they need to resolve. Their attempts to solve these problems provide a common ground that can be used to examine the success or failure of their efforts. The story "Misery" introduces Iona Potapov, a cab driver, who has just had his son die and has no one with whom he can share his grief. The poem
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425) is held against the fact that Eleanor died in the church, it becomes apparent that Father McKenzie is so absorbed with trying to save souls that he fails to see the people who need him.

The next important examination hinges on what causes the failure of any attempts they make. Iona makes totally inappropriate choices of people to confide in. First he speaks to a military officer, who is in a hurry and not inclined to listen to any tale of death. He initially asks why the son died, but when he hears what Iona has to say indicates the conversation is over. He does this by closing his eyes after admonishing Iona to drive on. Iona's next attempt is equally futile. He tries to tell some revelers of his grief. They, however, are more interested in continuing with their good time than with hearing his problems. "And Iona turns round to tell them how his son died, but at that point the hunchback gives a faint sigh and announces that, thank God! they have arrived at last." (pg. 33) Finally, he tries to talk to a young cabby at the station whose only desire is to get a drink of water then go to sleep. "The young man has covered his head over and is already asleep." (pg.34) Eleanor Rigby, as was previously noted, made no attempts to solve her dilemma. Her dream appears to be her desire to be married. This is gleaned from the line, "Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been," (pg. 425) However, she is waiting and seems to lack

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