Summary of Chekhov’s “Tosca”
In January 1886, the work “Tosca” (Chekhov) was published in the “Petersburg newspaper”. The summary of the story is given in this article. Connoisseurs of literary works of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov “Tosca” is recognized as his best work in the initial period of the writer’s work. By this time the author already knew the general public with his humorous stories. This is the creation of a completely different warehouse. It speaks of the indifference and callousness of people who are not able to penetrate someone else’s grief, the loneliness and defenselessness of a poor elderly person. It is difficult to say exactly what prompted a young satirist to write such a work. It is possible that the stimulus for this was his trip to Petersburg in 1885, where he plunged into a completely new life. So, the story “Tosca” (Chekhov):
Jonah’s attempt to tell about the misfortune of the military
Jonah and gay young people
Soon he was called by three cheerful drunks of young people. For a small fee, they persuade the cabman to take them to their places.
The only listener of Jonah
Once again, the hero remains alone. His heart is squeezed from anguish. Despite a small earnings on this day, he goes home, where the same cabmen live. There Jonah tries to talk to his friend. But he turns to the wall and soon falls asleep. After this, the driver goes to the stable to feed the horse with hay. Here he talks about his grief. The horse is silent, not looking at him with intelligent eyes. It seems that the animal understands it. The story “Tosca” (Chekhov), the summary of which is given in this article, ends with the confession of Jonah to his horse. It seems monstrous that there was not a single person who could listen and pity him. All the attempts of the cabman to tell about the death of his son ran into a wall of misunderstanding and indifference.
About human egoism and callousness narrates the work “Tosca” (Chekhov). The summary of the story can hardly convey the depth of the protagonist’s experiences. I advise you to read it in full.