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What Men Live By

The three lessons Michael learns are what is in man's heart, what it is not given to man to know, and what it is that men live by [note that Tolstoy was not under social gender constraints to use...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 1:12 am UTC

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The logic in Tolstoy’s beloved and inspirational story “What Men Live By” seems a bit convoluted at times but gets sorted out if the subtle shades of meaning are attended to. The three truths...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2011 8:52 am UTC

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At the end of the story when the fallen angel Michael is explaining who he is, why he had been condemned to live as a human being, and what he had learned, he tells about the rich man who had...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2013 9:45 pm UTC

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Simon, the shoemaker in Leo Tolstoy’s story, needs a warm winter coat. Not only have he and his wife have been sharing the same sheepskin coat but the old coat is completely worn out. Simon had...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 12:09 am UTC

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In Leo Tolstoy’s story, Simon initially shows kindness and compassion when he decides not to turn away from the pale, naked man despite his initial fright. He then shows compassion again by giving...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 9:38 pm UTC

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Simon is frightened when he first sees the stranger. He hurries away from him. As Simon approaches the church, he sees something white against it. At first, he thinks it's a cow. Then he realizes...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 2:37 pm UTC

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The husband and wife in this story by Leo Tolstoy have numerous similarities and differences. The reader’s interpretation of which aspect is predominant will depend on the qualities that they see...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 4:14 am UTC

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Simon the shoemaker is out and about collecting debts from the peasants who owe him money. It's largely a fruitless task as he only receives a measly twenty kopecks for some boots that he's mended...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 1:03 pm UTC

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At the end of Tolstoy's short story "What Men Live By," Michael reveals himself to Simon as an angel, clothed in bright light. He tells Simon that, during his time on earth, he has learned that men...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021 5:23 pm UTC

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When Simon the shoemaker brings home a cold, naked man, it's safe to say that his wife Matryona doesn't exactly roll out the red carpet for her new guest. Truth be told, she's downright hostile to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2021 9:13 am UTC

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Put simply, the angel Michael disobeys God because the woman pleads with Michael to allow her to live so that she can care for her babies. In his late works, Tolstoy's intention was chiefly to...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 3:49 am UTC

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The peasant feels compassion for the naked man and brings him to his home, where he teaches him to be a cobbler. Eventually the rescued man reveals that he is in fact an angel and that he was being...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012 10:08 pm UTC

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Simon the humble shoemaker has come across a cold, naked man called Michael who is on the verge of freezing to death as he leans against a chapel wall. Realizing that the poor man is in desperate...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021 12:49 pm UTC

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In Leo Tolstoy's story "What Men Live By," Simon is a poor shoemaker who goes to the village to buy sheepskins for a new coat. He does not yet have enough money, for along the way, he must collect...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2021 7:26 pm UTC

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