What are the aspects of "How Much Land Does a Man Need"?

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In the story "How Much Land Does A Man Need?" the theme of greed is evident. The main character Pakhom feels that owning land will solve all of his problems. He finally gets the opportunity to buy some land, but this is not enough. He begins to desire more and more land.

Pakhom hears about the land that the Bashkirs have. This area has land that is lush, rich and readily available. In fact, Pakhom can have all the land that he can walk around in a day. As long as he is back to the starting place by sunset, he can obtain all the land he walks around.

The Bashkirs are clever. They know the nature of man is to have more and more and more. Pakhom begins his task which is to walk around as much land as he can before sunset. Ultimately, Pakhom makes it back to his starting point by sunset, but he falls dead because he has tried to walk around too much land. Rushing to make it back by sunset killed him. Ironically, all the land that Pakhom needs now is six feet in which to be buried. Sadly enough, Pakhom allowed his greed to overcome him. His life ends in tragedy--death.

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