With all his remaining strength he rushed on, bending his body forward so that his legs could hardly follow fast enough to keep him from falling. Though afraid of death, he could not stop. He appealed to them most civilly, but they still went on: We are never content with our lives, no matter how well off we may be; andwhile trying to improve our standard of living, we put ourselves in danger of ending up with nothing.
You may have any part of it you like. They gave him tea and kumiss, and had a sheep killed, and gave him mutton to eat. Looking round he saw through the open door that the dawn was breaking.
So we have a story in which Tolstoy teaches a lesson about humility and the need to fear and respect the Devil, or at least recognize the power he can exert over us.
Pahom paid, but grumbled, and, going home in a temper, was rough with his family. Pahom looked towards the hillock. Formerly, when he had passed by that land, it had appeared the same as any other land, but now it seemed quite different.
The sun was quite low, but he was also quite near his aim. In other words, we can point out that nobody acts in a vacuum, isolated from natural world. The Chief came up to Pahom and stretched out his arm towards the plain: He went on and on; the grass was high, and it was very hot.
I was starting to get rather annoyed with the penguin little black classics because the last few were very disagreeable to me. All through that summer Pahom had much trouble because of this steward; and he was even glad when winter came and the cattle had to be stabled.
He wanted to go on sowing wheat, but had not enough Communal land for the purpose, and what he had already used was not available; for in those parts wheat is only sown on virgin soil or on fallow land. Then it would all be nice and compact. How powerful a military does a nation need?
Does Pahom have any responsibility to the human community of which he is part? He scrimps and he saves; he borrows and he makes promises.
Just as Pahom was going to ask, "Have you been here long? Wherever there was good land to be had, the peasants would rush for it and it was taken up at once, so that unless you were sharp about it you got none.
He reaches the chief just as the sun sets. This story was superb; it was powerful and wonderfully appropriate. The wonderful Leo Tolstoy truly captured a grim aspect of human nature in just a few pages.
Then he went on; and now that he had walked off his stiffness he quickened his pace. He works hard, makes a profit and is able to pay off his debts and live a more comfortable life.
Pahom wanted to sow more wheat; so he rented land from a dealer for a year. At first, in the bustle of building and settling down, Pahom was pleased with it all, but when he got used to it he began to think that even here he had not enough land.
Pahom questioned him further, and the tradesman said: Pahom had a talk with this peasant and asked him where he came from. Wherever you think necessary, make a mark. He gave a cry: They all became silent and rose to their feet. When the peasants heard this they were very much alarmed.land, his place in the Commune was much worse than before.
About this time a rumor got about that many people were moving to new parts. "There's no need for me to leave my land," thought Pahom. "But some of the others might leave our village, and then there would be more room for us. I would take over their land myself, and make my estate a bit bigger.
Tolstoy’s short story – “How much land does a man need?” — is a religious-morality tale which can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but which seems primarily concerned with the destructive consequences of human ambition. The story is about a man named Pahom – a peasant farmer — who desires to acquire more land, acquires some land, but is not satisfied and needs to acquire more.
“Land,” Joyce said, “is the greatest story that the literature of the world knows.” “How Much Land Does a Man Need” is unusual for Tolstoy. "How Much Land Does a Man Require?" (Russian: Много ли человеку земли нужно?, Mnogo li cheloveku zemli nuzhno?) is an short story by Leo Tolstoy about a man who, in his lust for land, forfeits everything.
Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9,in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in There are several ironies in Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Require?" (traditionally translated "Need").
The first is dramatic irony, a contrast between what Pahom thinks is happening and what we (readers) know to be true.Download