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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

by Leo Tolstoy
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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" Tolstoy examines the effect on a simple peasant of what at first seems to be an improvement in his life. As he gains more land, Pahom's outlook changes from that...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020, 11:11 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Tolstoy became an enthusiastic advocate of the ideas of American economist and reformer Henry George, who achieved worldwide fame for his fundamental idea that the government should control all the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The key theme in this short story is the corrupting power of greed. However, we can also read into it various other connected themes, such as the temporary nature of physical acquisitions. The...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 11:02 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" is a significant title. Pahom tries to answer this question. He feels if he had enough land, he would not fear the devil himself: “If I had plenty of land, I...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

On one level, one can sympathize with Pahom, the hapless protagonist of Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" As a relatively poor peasant, he lives in a part of the world where...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:08 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Pahom's dream, he has a terrifying vision of his own death. In the dream, he hears the sound of someone chuckling outside his tent. When he steps outside to investigate who's laughing, he sees...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021, 11:32 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" is a story that is all about greed and land hunger, with its central protagonist, Pahom, never satisfied with what he currently possesses but always...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021, 1:04 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Tolstoy's parable, "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" the main character named Pahom is a man who is never satisfied, a characteristic suggested in the title. He also is acquisitive, and he later...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

As my colleague rightly explains, the sisters argue passionately about the ramifications of their different lifestyles. Each remains convinced that her way of life is much safer, more dependable,...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Pakhom is dissatisfied with his life. He feels that owning land will make him happy and settle his problems. He is able to purchase some land, but still is not satisfied. Pakhom becomes greedy. He...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011, 12:51 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Pahom is the unfortunate protagonist of Leo Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" He lives in a small village and is content, for the most part, to live there. People who live in...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The irony in this story is directly related to the title: "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" Throughout the story, Pakom wants more and more land for his money, and he would have the reader believe...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In the story “How Much Land Does a Man Need?,” Tolstoy describes human nature through what is essentially a parable. The main character, Pahom, is a peasant that works the land for a living. He is...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

There are several literary devices in Leo Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" like symbolism, irony, foreshadowing, and other devices. Tolstoy incorporates several symbols into...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2022, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Pahom's greed is the direct cause of his downfall in "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" There's nothing wrong with owning land, nor, for that matter, is there anything wrong with owning large tracts...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:19 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

There are several conflicts in "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" The story begins with a minor conflict between two sisters, which leads to the first major conflict: that between the Devil and...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" centers around Pahom, a poor and greedy farmer who wishes to own an abundance of land, as he has no property of his own. Pahom is convinced that if he possessed...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:47 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

According to Pahom, the only trouble that peasants face is their lack of land; he says that if he had enough land, he wouldn't have to fear anyone, not even the Devil. The Devil, however, witnessed...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020, 11:14 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Deeply unsatisfied with his lot in life, the poor peasant Pahom thinks to himself that if he had enough land, then he wouldn't fear the Devil himself. The Devil, who's sitting behind the oven in...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:42 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

"How much Land does a Man Need?" is ultimately a warning against greed and undo ambition, centering around a peasant Pahom. In the beginning of the story, he overhears an argument between his wife...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Throughout the course of this story, Pahom is continually driven by greed and land hunger. This is first established as far back as the story's opening scene, and it will be continually reinforced...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 5:19 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

It turns him into a greedy, grasping little man, completely obsessed with acquiring more and more land. And the more land he acquires, the more he wants. Other peasants in Pahom's village also...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018, 9:26 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

It's an appropriate title for two reasons. First of all, it relates to the overriding theme of greed. The greedy Russian peasant Pahom spends all his time acquiring as much land as he can get his...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018, 6:14 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

When Pahom buys more land, essentially nothing changes. He still wants more land and continues looking for ways to have more and more of it. His greed becomes the central focus of his life, and...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

If there's one thing that we learn from reading “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” it's that no matter how much land Pahom acquires, it never seems to make him happy. This avaricious peasant, so...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020, 10:50 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In this story, the peasant Pahom feels that if he had more land, he would no longer have anything to fear and would be completely satisfied. He wouldn't even be afraid of the devil himself....

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:22 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Leo Tolstoy’s story, Pahom pleases, or tries to please, the Bashkirs in several ways, including by offering them bribery and gifts. Pahom had heard that the Bashkirs would sell land for a penny...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019, 3:03 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

When Pahom starts traversing the Bashkirs' land, he really couldn't be happier. He thinks he's come across the bargain of a lifetime: as much land as he can travel in a single day at a knock-down...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020, 11:44 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy tells of a peasant named Pahom who becomes excessively greedy for land. Overhearing a conversation between his wife and her sister...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 3:49 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Leo Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?", one way in which Pahom changes upon becoming a landowner is that his greed leads him to become blind to the needs and innocence of others.At the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016, 8:53 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The elder sister seems to require the elegance and comfort of town life. The younger sister prefers the simplicity and safety of life in the country. The elder sister, who is married to a...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Leo Tolstoy's story “How Much Land Does a Man Need?,” the Bashkirs are no fools. Pahom makes his first mistake when he thinks that they are. Throughout the story, Pahom's desire for land has...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Pahom is a peasant and has been working land owned by another person. When the landowner announces that she will be selling the land, Pahom and the other peasants each buy a piece of it. Had they...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Leo Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" is a fable about the perils of greed. Pahom is a peasant farmer who tills common land owned collectively by his village. He has never...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018, 11:44 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Though there are multiple ironies in Tolstoy’s “How Much Land Does A Man Need?,” the central irony is dramatic irony. The reader is informed mere paragraphs into the story that Pahom is going to...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018, 12:37 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

"How much Land does a Man Need" is a story about land-greed. From this perspective, it is not the land itself which is the problem, rather it is the rapacious greed to acquire more of it...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

How Much Land Does a Man Need, is a classic example of the greed inside a man' heart. The issue of how greedy people are, is as old as time. Pahom's story is one of how a man's own greediness ruins...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2014, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Yes, I think the line in question is very ironic, especially when you keep in mind that it answers the question that is asked in the story's title. From that perspective, this closing line tends to...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019, 2:57 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Spades are instruments that have been used in agriculture, and I think you can safely assume that Pahom, as a peasant, has used them throughout his life. However, within the context of "How Much...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 5:48 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

You question is slightly unclear and very broad. I will focus on the main character of this story, Pakhom, and give you a character sketch of him. This should help you work out character sketches...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010, 12:14 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In Chapter 6 of Leo Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?," Pahom is told by the Chief of the Bashkirs that he can purchase for one thousand roubles as much land as he can mark on...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016, 9:59 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The setting in this story is a country-life setting. Pahom and his wife live in the village where they are surrounded by another woman's land. They live the life of a peasant: Though a peasant's...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 4:59 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

The difference between a dynamic and a static character is defined by the degree to which the character evolves within the course of the story. The personality of a static character will remain...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021, 10:21 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy is a parable, designed to teach the reader a lesson. In this case, Tolstoy uses the main character (protagonist), Pahom, to demonstrate that money...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2013, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

At the beginning of the story, two sisters are arguing about whether it is better to be a tradesman or a peasant. The younger sister says that though the life of a peasant is harsh, it is at least...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018, 8:29 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

At the beginning of Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?," the two sisters are comparing their positions in life and come upon a disagreement. The elder sister is married to a tradesman, and...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 11:44 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In the story, Pahom can only come up with half the purchase price for the forty acres. So, he strikes a deal with the seller, and she agrees to accept half of the payment for the land, with the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Tolstoy's parabolic short story, "How Much Land Does a Man Need," concerns a Russian peasant named Pahom, who in a bout of status anxiety, exclaims, "If I had plenty of land, I shouldn't fear the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

In this story, Pahom believes that owning land will solve all of his problems: “If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!” The devil, overhearing this boast, decides to give...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2012, 12:52 am (UTC)

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?

Pahom has become greedy and obsessed with acquiring more land. Having entered into a pact with the devil, he will eventually lose his life due to his greed. The last day of his life begins after...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 2:23 am (UTC)

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