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How much land does a man need

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Transcript of How much land does a man need

By: Amber Lynn How much land does a man need? Vocabulary for this story Facts on the story Reading Literature The Author Writing Reading Literature pillaging- plundering; looting In the story "How much land does a man need?" they talk about how a man is risking his life to get more things that he don't really need. His wife at first told him a that he shouldn't wont more land that he is fine with what he has now. But he didn't listen he wanted bigger and better. So towards the end they told him that he could run as much land as he wants but has to make it back before sunset which he did but died because of exhaustion. one of my beliefs on the story is why wasn't he satisfied with what he had, he shouldn't just stayed with the land he had because he was crazy for more land and made his self basically run to his death.

one of the things his wife said that caught my attention was when she said "Keep what we have isnt that enough" she is right you should be happy with what you have, you shouldn't have to fight for more when you don't need it. My critical analysis of this story is that yes you can get more but there should be a limit of what you want and need because if you go to far you can end up like the man in the story that killed his-self over wanting more land. My question is why would a man go threw all that trouble to be at the top with everyone else when he already has his family and friends who love me him no matter how much land he has. Leo Tolstoy , he is the author of "How much land
does a man need?" he talks about a decision that
shouldnt have been made. And when the man made his bad decision he had to suffer with any consequence he got, at the end he signed a paper stating that if he didn't make it back he looses all of his land he made it back in time but ended up taking his own life. This was a lesson to some people that sometimes enough really is enough you just cant keep going. Pahom , He never feared anything he didn't care if he died getting what he wanted, he was always set on things he wanted and he wouldn't listen to no one else. Even though he made some stupid decisions he still ended up the epic hero of the story. superimposed- placed on top of something else placidly- calmly discord- dissension; conflict prostrate- lying with one's face down taciturn- almost always silent benevolent- doing or inclined to do good; kindly Some people want more
some want less
do you know what you want?
i think i do , i would rather stay with what i have
you have people all around
they love you for you
not how much of someting you have
so think about that before you go hurting yourself. Leo made a good choice writing this book because
its inspirational to some people out in the world who were like the man instead of his wife, so it is teaching you to be careful of choices you make and make sure that you don't make a big mistake like the man did. Argument on the story My argument for the story is that the man should have listened to his wife and by not he hurt hisself the wife knew all along that he was going to over do it that is why she tried to persuade him in the beginning. this passage caught my attention the most.

"I would not change my way of life for yours," said she. "We may
live roughly, but at least we are free from anxiety. You live in
better style than we do, but though you often earn more than you
need, you are very likely to lose all you have. You know the proverb,
'Loss and gain are brothers twain.' It often happens that people who
are wealthy one day are begging their bread the next. Our way is
safer. Though a peasant's life is not a fat one, it is a long one.
We shall never grow rich, but we shall always have enough to eat." HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN REALLY NEED ?
Do you know ? Leo Tolstoy once wrote a story about a successful peasant farmer who was not satisfied with his lot. He wanted more of everything. One day he received a novel offer. For 1000 rubles, he could buy all the land he could walk around in a day. The only catch in the deal was that he had to be back at his starting point by sundown. Early the next morning he started out walking at a fast pace. By midday he was very tired, but he kept going, covering more and more ground. Well into the afternoon he realized that his greed had taken him far from the starting point. He quickened his pace and as the sun began to sink low in the sky, he began to run, knowing that if he did not make it back by sundown the opportunity to become an even bigger landholder would be lost. As the sun began to sink below the horizon he came within sight of the finish line. Gasping for breath, his heart pounding, he called upon every bit of strength left in his body and staggered across the line just before the sun disappeared. He immediately collapsed, blood streaming from his mouth. In a few minutes he was dead. Afterwards, his servants dug a grave. It was not much over six feet long and three feet wide. The devil hiself was in the story trying to take
everything from Pakhom. Satan abruptly accepts his challenge and also tells that he would give Pakhom more land and then snatch everything from him.A short amount of time later, a landlady in the village decides to sell her estate, and the peasants of the village buy as much of that land as they can. Pakhom himself purchases some land, and by working off the extra land is able to repay his debts and live a more comfortable life. Arguements with his neighbors get worse so he moves to bigger land then later on wants more and more. Simile-"The land was so good, he said, that rye sown on it grew as high as a horse"
~this is a simile because it is comparing the rye to the height of a horse

Forshadowing-All right' thought the Devil.'We will have a tussel i'll give you enough land; and by means of that land I will get you in to my power.'
~this is foreshadowing because it is showing that the devil will have a part later on in the story

Personification- 'The heat made the air hazy: it seemed to be quivering'
~this personification because it is giving the air the human quality of quivering figutative language Old ending I want to be a Man who makes your bad days better and the one that makes you say my life has changed since I met him.

This quote means that he is trying his best to make sure his wife is happy no matter what he will make sure she is happy, he dont care if he hurts hisself. but what he dont get is that she is fine with what they have and he is stuck on the greed side and dont really care about if she is happy because he is happy with getting more and more things instead of going for what he already has. How the plot made a suspense/mystery The plot of the story made a suspensful mystery ,
when pahom had said yes to the deal with the devil, not knowing he was the devil but the fact that he fell for it it made it bad for the reader. when he said yes it kinda made me think is he going to get the land or is he going to be cheated out of the deal and not get the land, so as the story goes i relize that he does actually get the land but dies before he can hear that he got it, he brung hisself to his death. Pahom looked at the sun, which had reached the earth: one side of ithad already disappeared. With all his remaining strength he rushedon, bending his body forward so that his legs could hardly followfast enough to keep him from falling. Just as he reached thehillock it suddenly grew dark. He looked up--the sun had alreadyset. He gave a cry: "All my labor has been in vain," thought he,
and was about to stop, but he heard the Bashkirs still shouting, and
remembered that though to him, from below, the sun seemed to have
set, they on the hillock could still see it. He took a long breath
and ran up the hillock. It was still light there. He reached the
top and saw the cap. Before it sat the Chief laughing and holding
his sides. Again Pahom remembered his dream, and he uttered a cry:
his legs gave way beneath him, he fell forward and reached the cap
with his hands. "Ah, what a fine fellow!" exclaimed the Chief. "He has gained
much land!" Pahom's servant came running up and tried to raise him, but he saw
that blood was flowing from his mouth. Pahom was dead! The Bashkirs clicked their tongues to show their pity.His servant picked up the spade and dug a grave long enough for Pahom to lie in, and buried him in it. Six feet from his head to
his heels was all he needed.
New Ending Pahom looked at the sun which had just hit the horizon; one side of the sun had just disappeared, by this time Pahom had picked up his paste hoping to make it to the end of his fun. The devil was on the other side of the field waiting to see if he will actually make it. Bashkirs he could hear from a distance saying come Pahom your almost there. In the far corner he could barely see the Chief on the ground laughing saying “you know he isn’t going to make it” Bashkirs still trying to motivate Pahom from the far right. Pahom holding his stomach and running as fast as he could fifty feet closer to the corner he passed out. At this point he is seeing stars and his eyes were rolling in the back of his head. Bashkirs goes to help Pahom and walks with him to the corner where he will win all of the land. Chief not wanting this to happen he says the sun his over the hill its over but when Bashkir looks he sees that that had more than 2 minutes left before he couldn’t get the land, so they pick up the pace. Pahom makes it to the corner and then passes out as they celebrate for him he starts to wake up and celebrate with them , he moves into his new home with the land all around him a couple weeks later he was lying in his bed and went to get up and saw something in the corner it was Satan, he starts begging for his life and Satan don’t want to listen to him so he strikes him dead, not caring because that is what the Devil had wanted all along was for Pahom not to get the land and if he did kill him.
THE END
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