In the story "A Problem," with which character in the story do you sympathize most strongly?

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It is, perhaps, easiest to sympathize with Ivan Markovitch, Sasha's uncle. Ivan is "kind-hearted" and, at the family meeting, urges the other members to remember that youth has its "rights and peculiar temptations." By this, he means that youth is a time in which people make mistakes because they lack the awareness and responsibility of adults. He is, therefore, imploring the family to go easy on Sasha and to help him out in his time in need.

In the end, it is Ivan who gives Sasha the money to pay back his debt. Sasha, however, has no intention of using the money for such purposes; he plans to attend an upcoming party with his friends. Ivan, therefore, has been...

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