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The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

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Emma Credle

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Transcript of The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

Life & Background Info
Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9th, 1828. He was born in Tula Province, Russia. He went to college at University of Kazan. He died on November 20th, 1910. He wrote fiction throughout his life.

This story was published in 1885. It was part of the collection "What Men Live By, and Other Tales" .
Literary Terms
1) Alliteration: "He fell fainting on the ground, moaning feebly."
To make it sound better
2) Irony: " I wished to kill you, and you saved my life."
To show that he would help anyone in need .
3) Irony: " Let me take this spade and work awhile for you. "
To show he's a good man
Themes
Theme 1: Always do good.
"And the most important thing to do is, to do good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!"
Theme 2: You can't predict what's to come, so live in the now.
"-And that is now! It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power."
Theme 3: Always pay attention to the people you're with now, you may not see them again.
"The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will have dealings with anyone else."
Characters and POV
Dynamic- The king
Why?- He changed to always do good.

Static- The hermit

Protagonist- The king
Why?- He's most easily related to

Antagonist- The kings enemy
Why?- He tried to stop the king

POV- Third person limited

Narrator- Third person limited
Tone- Detached


Mood- Curious
Foreshadowing
1) " He decided to consult a hermit, widely renowned for his wisdom"
the hermit was very wise

2)"...let us see who it is."
It was his enemy
The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy
Thank you!
Summary
There was a king who needed the answers to three questions; What's the right time to begin something, who's the most important person to listen to and what the most important thing to do to to be successful. He asked many men but they didn't give him right answers. So the king went to a wise hermit and the king was helping him dig when a man came to them bleeding, so the king helped him. In return the hermit gave the king answers
Conflicts
King vs Self: him needing to know these answers and cannot figure them out

King vs Man: the men weren't giving him any correct answers

King vs Hermit: trying to get correct answers from hermit
Plot
Expostion- The king needed to know the three answers to the questions.
Rising Action- He got many men to try to give him the right answers, but they didn't.
Climax- When the hermit and the king saw the bearded man bleeding and the king ran to help.
Falling Action-The king took care of the man and they fell asleep.
Resolution- The hermit answered his questions
Works Cited
www.biography.com/people/Leo-Tolstoy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Questions
Emma Credle
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