How Much Land Does A Man Need Essay

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The story, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”, by Leo Tolstoy is a story about Americans taking advantage of the Indians. Although it is set in Russia, it is about the greed that many people had at the time and the outcome of that greed. The opening scene represents the Europeans coming over to America. During that time, the mid-1800’s, the Europeans were rich and their relatives in America were poor. The younger sister in the story represents the Americans and the older sister represents the Europeans. The poor Americans, like the younger sister in the story, did not mind having to work hard all the time. They enjoyed their freedom and security. Even though they were content, it wasn’t complete. In the story, Pahom agrees with his peasant …show more content…
The more people heard about it, the more they wanted it for themselves. Pahom finally gets his own land and is happy with it.

Inevitably, some problems arise with Pahom’s land. Other people’s animals were getting onto land and ruining his crops. At first he just put up with it. Eventually though he became a hypocrite. “So he had them up, gave them a lesson, and then another, and two or three of the peasants were fined.” (p 214) He began to impose fines on people the same way they were imposed on him earlier in the story. Needless to say, people were very angry with him. Some people began to leave the commune, eastern United States, and leave for new parts, the west. Pahom was content to stay until he heard from a stranger that the land was great where people were moving. This could be compared to news getting back to the east coast about all that was happening on the move west. So Pahom went to check things out, liked what he saw, and moved.

Here things went well, for awhile. Pahom was happy h
aving ten times as much land. He had land for everything he needed. But after awhile, it came to be to little. His greed was growing out of control. He was ready to buy more land but a passing stranger told him about a place he had just come from, more news from the west. Pahom was told about the best land ever and how cheap it was. Pahom travels to inquire about the land. When he arrives, he finds it just as he was told it was going to be. The people that live on the…