Analysis of Leo Tolstoy and His Work "How Much Land Does a Man Need?"

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"How Much Land Does A Man Need?," by Leo Tolstoy was influenced by his life and times. Leo Tolstoy encountered many things throughout his life that influenced his works. His life itself influenced him, along with poverty, greed and peasant days in 19th century Russia.
<br>Tolstoy's eventful life impacted his works. Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born into a family of aristocratic landowners in 1828 at the family estate at Yasnaya Polyana, a place south of Moscow. His parents died in the 1930s when he was very young so his aunts raised him with an upper middle class lifestyle. His aunts were very important to him and when they died, he made them live on forever as characters in his stories (Alexander 16). While his aunts were still
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Each seeks to find meaning in his or her life: Pierre and the engaging heroine, Natasha Rostov, eventually find fulfillment in the family; Natasha's brother, Nikolai, also finds it in family and in running his estate; the doubting intellectual Andrei Bolkonsky finds it only on his deathbed, in withdrawing from life altogether. Tolstoy reveals both the inner and the outer lives of these characters, as well as more than 500 other characters, historical and fictional, through a combination of sharp physical detail and close psychological analysis. The novel also includes an extended essay treating the question of what moves history. Here, Tolstoy deflates the notion that history is made by great men such as Napoleon and argues that historical events can be understood only through the actions of extremely large numbers of ordinary people living their daily lives.
<br>After a break of a few years, during which he turned again to educating peasant children, Tolstoy returned to literature with his second masterpiece, Anna Karenina, written between 1875 and 1877. While not as great as War and Peace, the novel still paints a broad and detailed picture of all levels of Russian life in the 1870s. Tolstoy examines three marriages: that of the heroine, Anna, who is married to the dry public servant Karenin and who has a passionate affair with a young army officer named Vronsky; the relatively happy and stable marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatsky; and the

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