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Who is the most miserable character in literature?

>> No.14279731

>>14279726
The Underground Man

>> No.14279742

>>14279726
me desu

>> No.14279752

>>14279726
Lucifer

>> No.14279758

>>14279726
Moby-Dick

>> No.14279766

Bernardo Soares

>> No.14279771

>>14279726
Fagin

>> No.14279782

The reader

>> No.14279792

Smeagol is pretty pitiful

>> No.14279810
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>>14279726
>commits suicide four times

>> No.14279814

>>14279792
Gollum.

>> No.14279819

>>14279752
This

>> No.14279850

>>14279814
Gollum does alright for himself. Smeagol is the one with a guilty conscious

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>>14279726
Raskalnikov (I think it’s called) from Dostoy’s “Crime and Punishment”.

Severus Snape.

Cain, as in “Cain and Abel”.

>> No.14279871

These answers are all basic af. Misery isn't only measured in how precise the diction of their pain is. It's also in how destitute their lives are, the pragmatic misery of a man who truly has nothing and no one. Protagonists of Russian novels are literate, eloquent, men about town, involved in complex social affairs and romances. Their language is miserable, and they delve deep into psychological torment with their descriptions, but there are much worse situations to be in, much poorer, lonelier, all-round deprived lives than theirs.

My vote goes to pic related.

>> No.14279876
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>>14279871
Forgot to add

>> No.14280137

Anonymous

>> No.14280139

>>14279726
The protagonist of mai daiaree desu

>> No.14280144

>>14279731
The fact that UM gets laid makes him less miserable than me

>> No.14280156

>>14279726
Ivan Illivatch

>> No.14280182

>>14279850
>conscious

>> No.14280189

I’ll ride the Dostoyevsky train and say Myshkin.

>> No.14280229

Je suis

>> No.14280231

>>14279726
Megan Boyle, circa 2013

>> No.14280383

>>14280189
? He wasn't miserable

Underground man, Bardamu or the painter from L'oeuvre for me

>> No.14280410

>>14279876
The main char is basically a Chad though as even when he’s literally starving he still unwittingly seduces random aristocratic women. And no wonder too, since if a person can’t see into their head like we readers can he may appear as some gaunt and mysterious figure. It’s a kind of Bohemian misery that seems attractive to people on the outside anyway, there are characters who lack even that distinction

>> No.14280430

Remo Erdosain.

>> No.14280435

>>14279810
Didn't he bang like two cute girls before he sudoku'd though?

>> No.14280446

My vote goes for the protagonist of Fritz Zorn's Mars.

>> No.14280454
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Hammy

>> No.14280681

>>14279726
Me, in my diary desu

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14281260

Sisyphus desu, cause he's still there

>> No.14281269

>>14279766
ah it hurts reading his name

>> No.14281323

>>14280446
How did you come across this book?

I found it very moving, although I didn't relate to him fully. Definitely an intense read.

>> No.14281553

ME DESU I AM DEPRESSED AND SAD AND STUFF HAHA UPVOTE PLEASE

>> No.14281569

Anna Karenina’s husband, forgot his fucking name

>> No.14281584

>>14279731
Not really. Truly miserable people do not want to inflict their misery on others, especially out of undeserving spitefulness. Often the most miserable are the kindest. Let's face it. The Underground man had a pretty good life, civil servant job, and so on. All his misery was his own fault.

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