Analysis of the Story "How Much Does a Man Need?" Essay

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Analysis I. Summary/Plot
The story is entitled “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” because Leo Tolstoy wants us to know about what consequences we may encounter. This story shows the greediness of a man on material things. How man wants everything he could get a hold on. Basically, the question imposed in the title is answered ironically by Tolstoy. It is indeed that a man needs a land that is six feet above his head. The story is about a man who wants to find the enough or at least I say that, he wanted much land that he grew greedy about getting much land as he could. Leaving his family at his homestead, he sacrifices all that he can for the land the he wanted for his farming. All that he can get for a low price but great, he will grab
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Whether he was for the land of his dreams or when he realized that he had gotten too far for his materialism and greediness. Local color for Russia was the setting of the story ant the Bakshirs for the nomads in the desert of Russia. Dilemma was used when he was choosing between two bad things and such. He always goes for the worse choices that he came to the point of dying because of his greediness.
And at last, foreshadowing was also used when he had a dream about the man that he met who told him about the Bakshirs had been laughing at him while we was fast asleep. And so depicting that it was a really bad idea to push on for he cannot have that land for just one day.

c. Point of view
The point of view that was used is the omniscient point of view. Tolstoy was narrating the story for he was in the third person point of view. And as my research, Tolstoy has been always using the omniscient point of view in all of his stories.

d. Themes
Greediness will do no good to us for it will only bring us down no matter how much we get. Remember that is only lending us all that we are experiencing right now for he created all of these. We owe Him all even our lives that we repay Him all by doing good and living by His words and deeds.
Materialism also is one that keeps us from standing up against evil. Remember that all the riches that we will have or have right now, we can never bring that all when we’re dead.

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