Analysis Of Anton Chekhov 's ' The Shoemaker And The Devil ' Essay

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Most short stories deliver some type of message. That message can pertain to a certain phenomenon, group of people or to the entire population in general. In “The Shoemaker and the Devil” the overlaying message is aimed primarily at the human race in general. There is something that is inherently attained by every human being, and that is the want, or sometimes need, to have more. Now this can mean more money, more items, or more friends, but either way, it is something that every person has and only a few, such as Mahatma Gandhi, overcome this part of human nature. Anton Chekhov uses this story to show a person’s want for wealth and its consequences once that person reaches their “goal”. He uses a dynamic type of imagery, good amount irony and symbolism to get his view of wealth into the mind of the reader.
Chekhov’s type of imagery in the story changes throughout the story. It changes along with the main character’s amount of happiness, which in reality is how much money he has. In the beginning of the story, the main character is a poor shoemaker that is stuck making a pair of boots for a rude and assertive customer. During this part of the story, Chekhov uses a more humble and poor type of imagery. He describes how the “paraffin in [his] little lamp had burnt out”, yet he was still forced to stay and work to finish the boots (Chekhov 1). The reader sees that just to stay awake the shoemaker has to drink from a “bottle under the table” and once he runs out he begins to…

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