Analysis Of ' How Much Land Does A Man Need '

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2 Tolstoy’s “How much land does a man need” was written in 1886, and Chekhov’s “Gooseberries” was later written and in 1898. This leads me to assume that Chekhov’s quote could being an indirect reference to Tolstoy’s short story. In an overview, the quote and short story seem to contradict each other, but with the thought of their indirect reference by the author similarities can be found. I believe that in “How much land does a man need” Pahom’s over goal is to obtain the whole globe. He doesn’t know know this on the surface or is striving for that intentionally but through his greed he would reach that point eventually. We see this mindset of wanting to be satisfied and have enough land from the beginning of the story through Pahom’s line, “Our only trouble is that we haven’t land enough. If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself.” (215). We him progressing to wanting more and more through, “. . . why should I get only thirteen hundred acres, and saddle myself with a debt besides? If I take it out there, I can get more than ten times as much for the money.” (220). Additionally, if a man were to have the entire world, he should be at peace because he has nothing left to desire, solving all conflict in this short story. The obvious contrasting ideas of these two pieces of writing would be that Tolstoy sees this issue in a more rational way. A man can’t not own everything, especially one driven with greed and a strong desire to be dominant. Tolstoy knows…
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