True happiness lies neither in material possessions nor in knowledge or learning. Materialistic life is futile, fleeting, illusionary and superficial. Prove these statements by referring to the...

True happiness lies neither in material possessions nor in knowledge or learning. Materialistic life is futile, fleeting, illusionary and superficial. Prove these statements by referring to the relevant incidents in the story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov.

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An argument between the banker and the young lawyer leads to a bet being made between the two. The banker bets that the lawyer cannot survive a long-term prison sentence. The lawyer argues that he can do it, and, for the purpose of the bet, the banker agrees to pay 2 million rubles to the lawyer if he survives 15 years in detention.

The lawyer goes into detention and takes up reading. He goes through different books covering different subjects, including religious studies. The knowledge he acquires leads him to believe that materialism is vain and that man’s life is fleeting. The lawyer hates that he has acquired said knowledge and despises human life, which he perceives to be vain.

The banker, on the other hand, loses his wealth over time and knows that success by the lawyer will bring him to financial ruin. He decides to murder the lawyer, but a letter he finds in the cell points to materialistic vanity and the...

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