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What happens to the lawyer at the end of the story "The Bet"? 

In the end of the story, "The Bet," the lawyer despairs of life, and he reneges on the wager with banker. In their bet about which is crueler, live-long imprisonment or capital punishment, the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 8:24 am UTC

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How does the lawyer spend his 15 years of imprisonment in "The Bet" by Anton Checkhov? 

The impulsive lawyer is sequestered in the banker's lodge where he can have virtually anything he desires except human companionship. After arguing against the banker that life imprisonment is not...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 10:26 am UTC

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What is the moral of the story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

“The Bet” proves that if a person achieved the highest wisdom he wouldn’t care about money or material things at all. He would be like Buddha or Jesus, both of whom owned nothing and wanted...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 6:13 pm UTC

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In the short story "The Bet," what lessons do the banker and the lawyer learn?  

In Chekhov's "The Bet," the banker and the lawyer both learn the futility of their wager, as they have found that life and its conditions differ greatly from their more youthful perceptions. The...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 4:33 am UTC

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In the short story "The Bet," how does the banker feel about himself at the end of the fifteen years?  

In the time between when the wager is made and when it ends, circumstances for the banker have turned for the worst. He has lost most of his fortune, and, as the deadline approaches, he realizes...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 3:04 am UTC

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What is the setting of "The Bet"?

"The Bet" takes place in nineteenth century Tsarist Russia. (As this story was originally published in 1889, this makes the story's setting contemporaneous to the era in which it was written.)...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020 9:08 pm UTC

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Who are the characters in the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

The story has four characters: a party guest, a watchman, a lawyer, and a banker. The lawyer and the banker are the two main characters. At a party, the guests are discussing which is worse: the...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 12:40 pm UTC

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Who wins the bet? Who wins the bet?

On the face of it, the banker wins the bet, because the lawyer leaves his cell five minutes before midnight—the time of his release—thereby violating the terms of the bet. In doing so, the lawyer...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

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What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution of "The Bet"?

In Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," the exposition is the first paragraph, a frame, that sets the background for the conflict, which is suggested at the end of the paragraph and introduced in a flashback...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

Anton Chekhov's "The Bet" focuses on a conflict between a banker and a young lawyer who enter into a disagreement at a party hosted by the banker. While the banker believes that capital punishment...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2017 11:58 pm UTC

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The Bet Summary

I beg to differ. I do think that the above answers are just as right as the one I am about to offer. But, I see it as though the banker actually was right. The young lawyer grew old far quicker...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2009 7:16 am UTC

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From Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," describe the content of the letter and the banker's reaction after reading it.

Anton Chekhov’s “The Bet” is an ironic story about a young man who, on a large bet with a wealthy banker, voluntarily submits to solitary confinement for fifteen years. The young man’s purpose is...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015 1:31 pm UTC

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What was the Banker's reaction after reading the letter?

The banker experiences a whole range of emotions after reading the letter his prisoner is leaving for him in which he relinquishes the two million rubles which would be his if he remained in...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 9:39 pm UTC

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Why did the lawyer leave five hours early in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

“The Bet” by Anton Chekhov begins with a discussion about the death penalty. A banker gives a party in which this topic creates dissension among the men. A young lawyer takes a bet with the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2013 1:17 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the banker and the lawyer in "The Bet."

I've always thought that the banker and the lawyer are a lot alike in many ways. I think they are both opinionated, brash, impetuous, strong willed, and intelligent. If they weren't any of those...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 1:31 pm UTC

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What is the rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the story "The Bet"?

In order to determine the pieces of the story line for any story, you must be able to identify the main conflict. In this story, the conflict is between the lawyer and the banker. It is, the bet...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011 12:03 am UTC

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What kind of characters are the lawyer and the banker in "The Bet"? Static or dynamic?

The banker is a dynamic character, one who fundamentally changes throughout the course of the story. The narrator tells us that, during the fifteen years in which he has kept the lawyer as a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 6:58 pm UTC

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What are some examples of imagery and/or figurative language found in "The Bet," by Anton Chekov?

First, let's make sure we have the same definitions working between us. Imagery: words and phrases used that appeal to the readers sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight. Figurative language:...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009 12:59 am UTC

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Why is there a flashback in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

Chekhov masterfully uses flashback in order to condense time and filter out details that do not focus upon the psychological development of the main characters and the theme. Often when reading a...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2017 9:28 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

The banker is trying to prove that capital punishment is more humane than imprisonment for life. The lawyer is trying to prove that even solitary confinement is preferable to capital punishment....

Latest answer posted September 3, 2014 7:22 am UTC

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In what ways do the banker's and the lawyer's attitudes toward the bet change as the year passes?

As the years pass the banker comes more and more to regret ever having made the bet with the lawyer. And now the banker, walking to and fro, remembered all this, and asked himself: "What was the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 5:48 pm UTC

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What are the different types of irony and what they are in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov? I need them soon the types...

Chekhov certainly relies on dramatic irony in "The Bet" because the story is told mostly in flashback. As it opens, the banker remembers back to the discussion he participated in with the young...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 3:35 am UTC

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Justify the title of the story 'The Bet'?

Chekhov had to justify the bet itself. It seems like an implausible bet that any man would undertake to spend fifteen years in solitary confinement. But Chekhov had the idea and he must have liked...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 11:51 pm UTC

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In Chekhov's "The Bet," who in your opinion won the bet between the banker and the lawyer?

This is an interesting question. There are several ways of looking at the outcome. It might be said that neither of the men actually won or lost the bet, because the lawyer didn't collect the two...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013 11:40 pm UTC

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What are the three most important details from the story that support the theme?

This depends upon which theme we are focusing on. One of the major themes of the story is the role experience plays in life and the appreciation of life. The bet arises from a debate on which is...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015 7:28 pm UTC

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What was the symbol in the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov? 

It could also be argued that the lawyer's books are another symbol in the story. When the lawyer first begins his solitary confinement, books are his only source of entertainment, as demonstrated...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 8:16 am UTC

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In "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov, what are the terms of the bet?  

Life imprisonment or capital punishment---that was the discussion that led to “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov. The point of view of the story is third person limited omniscient. Foreshadowing plays an...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

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In "The Bet" why does the lawyer move from novels to classics?

Evidently the lawyer's only activities after the first year of confinement were reading and thinking. His reading during the first year suggests that he was only using books as a way of killing...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 2:46 pm UTC

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In "The Bet," why did the lawyer renounce his rights to the money which could have been rightfully his?

It was a lucky thing that the prisoner decided not to claim the two million rubles, because the banker slipped into his room with the intention of murderiing him. The banker's conduct was proof of...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013 3:36 pm UTC

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Write the character sketch of the lawyer and the banker?

"The Bet" is such an interesting story that presents itself as being mostly about old vs. young and capital punishment vs. life imprisonment. The two main characters of the lawyer and the banker...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2015 10:02 am UTC

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Summarize the contents of the lawyer's letter in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov

The lawyer writes this letter on the night before he is due to win the bet and win back his freedom. According to the lawyer, before he is free to enjoy his life again, there are a couple of points...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018 8:46 am UTC

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In Anton Chekhov's short story "The Bet," how has the banker's situation changed at the end of the fifteen years?

The banker's financial situation has changed drastically in the fifteen years since he first made the extravagant bet with the lawyer. His wealth was secure at the time of his wager, but now that...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 9:24 pm UTC

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What is the moral of "The Bet"?

One of the morals of the story "The Bet" concerns a lesson on human folly and pride. Folly is when someone makes foolish choices. In this story, the characters of the banker and the lawyer are so...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 9:52 am UTC

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Who is the protagonist and the antagonist in "The Bet"?

The protagonist is the main character of a story in the sense that they are expected to make important decisions or deal with challenges. A story mostly revolves around a protagonist and the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016 10:50 am UTC

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In "The Bet," what were the terms of the bet? Make your answer as crisp as possible.

If the lawyer could stay in solitary confinement for fifteen years, the banker would give him two million rubles as prize money. According to the bet, the lawyer would have to spend the fifteen...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 6:52 pm UTC

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What are the terms of the bet in Chekhov's story "The Bet"?  

The terms of the bet are that the lawyer must live in isolation for fifteen years. At the end of that time, if he fulfills his bet of having no human contact for this period, the banker will pay...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 6:09 pm UTC

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In "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov, does the bet prove whether capital punishment is better than life imprisonment?

Whether or not the experiment of the lawyer and the banker has proven that capital punishment is less cruel than life imprisonment is debatable even at the end of the narrative of "The Bet." It...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

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In The Bet by Anton Chekov, what is meant when the lawyer says "The geniuses of all ages and of all lands speak...

Sometime during the second half of the lawyer's sixth year of imprisonment, he began to voraciously study multiple languages. Over the next four years, the lawyer ordered and consumed around six...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 7:12 pm UTC

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What does the lawyer mean when he writes in the letter "the same flame burns in them all?"

Having read “novels with a complicated love plot, sensational and fantastic stories” and “classics” for the first few years, the lawyer’s interest shifted to learning languages and reading...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 3:08 pm UTC

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What are some literary elements in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

The phrase "literary elements" seems to be rather vague and all-encompassing. You might benefit from re-reading the story and trying to narrow down your terms of reference somewhat, as clearly...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 8:29 pm UTC

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Explain the following statement about the lawyer from the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov: "His reading...

The comparison of the lawyer’s reading during his rigorous solitary confinement to the act of swimming in the sea following a shipwreck sounds quite apt. By accepting to live in solitary...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 6:57 am UTC

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What essential information is provided by the two flashbacks at the beginning of "The Bet"?

"The Bet" has a complicated plot and covers a period of fifteen years, and yet Chekhov brilliantly manages to compress the whole story into just a few pages. He does this by starting close to the...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

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In "The Bet," why did the banker lock the letter written by the lawyer in a fireproof safe?

The following is the concluding paragraph of Chekhov's story "The Bet" in full. Next morning the watchmen ran in with pale faces, and told him they had seen the man who lived in the lodge...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2014 9:42 pm UTC

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The lawyer in "The Bet" once saw two million roubles as “paradise,” but now he despises the money. Why?

The lawyer's change of character has to be the result of spending fifteen years in solitary confinement. In order to pass the time, and in order to keep from going "stir crazy," the lawyer has...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 11:25 pm UTC

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Is there foreshadowing of what will happen in the ending in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov? 

In Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," as the banker and the lawyer argue about whether the death penalty or life imprisonment is crueler, the banker contends that the death penalty is more humane: Capital...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 1:45 am UTC

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In the story "The Bet," why do the lawyer and the banker make the bet?

This is perhaps the hardest question to try to answer about Chekhov's story. The bet between these two men seems preposterous. The lawyer at least has something to gain if he can tolerate solitary...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015 8:04 pm UTC

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How does the lawyer's behavior change from year to year during imprisonment?

I am fairly certain that this question is asking about Anton Chekhov's short story "The Bet." The lawyer in the story does indeed change over the course of his 15 years in "prison." When readers...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018 2:19 pm UTC

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What is the resolution of "The Bet"?

This story by Anton Chekhov story does not have a resolution, strictly speaking, because of the story's structure. Chekhov deliberately created a plot that would not be neatly resolved. While it...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 4:29 am UTC

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Does foreshadowing occur in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov? If so, where and how? 

At a couple of places in the story, Chekhov gives us hints about the direction his story in which his story is heading. That the lawyer would renounce his deserved prize may not have occurred to us...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 2:52 pm UTC

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Why did the banker give two shots of firing when he was told to give one shot ? Why did the banker give two shots of...

"My dear Jailer, I write you these lines in six languages. Show them to people who know the languages. Let them read them. If they find not one mistake I implore you to fire a shot in the garden....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012 6:25 am UTC

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