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Loneliness in Eleanor Rigby and Misery The poem "Eleanor Rigby," composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, includes a common theme with Anton Chekov's short story "Misery." They introduce to the reader that the failure of the main characters to make any substantial contact with other individuals. This failure results in an overwhelming sense of grief and loneliness. In both of these works the primary characters are facing a problem they need to solve. Their efforts to address these problems provide a common ground which could be utilized to examine the success or failure of their efforts. The narrative "Misery" introduces Iona Potapov, a taxi driver, who's only had his son expire and does not have any one with whom he can share his grief. The screenplay "Eleanor Rigby" gifts two personalities. The first is Eleanor who wants companionship; the next is Father McKenzie who would like to win souls for God. In both bits there is a failure of the key personalities to reach out in a fashion that could bring a resolution for their issues. This invites the question, why do they fail? Part of the solution for the question lies in how the characters are presented on the reader. At "Misery," Iona tries to speak to someone the depths of his despair, but regrettably fails. The picture formed is obviously a guy, totally consumed by his despair, crushed by the burden of his grief, to the extent that he's oblivious to the snow and deepening twilight. "Iona Potapov, the sledge-driver, is all white as a ghost. He sits in the box without stirring, bent as twice as the living body can be flexed." (pg. 30) In "Eleanor Rigby," Eleanor is introduced as a person missing in her own fantasy. She never attempts to reach out to anybody, preferring to wait for someone to reach her. " ... lives...