Inevitary Confinement In The Bet By Anton Chekhov

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In “The Bet”, Anton Chekhov tells a tale of a young lawyer and banker who make a deal. The time is set in the late 1800’s and starts with a group of people together discussing capital punishment. Over the course of their discussion, they talked about their views on capital punishment and how they feel about it. During the discussion, the lawyer says that he would rather live in solitary confinement than receive death. The banker takes this as an invitation to construct a bet. The banker bets that he will not last five years in solitary confinement for two million dollars. The young lawyer counters his bet and tells him he will stay in prison for fifteen years for the two million. So, they put the young lawyer in solitary confinement. They tell …show more content…
In this story the wife is greatly upset when her husband’s friend, Gouvernail, stays at their house. She has a hard time understanding Gouvernail. She had heard so many great qualities about his intellect from her husband that she was very disappointed after she met him while at the same time pleasantly surprised by his physical appearance which was not like she had imagined. She spent much time trying to figure him out, but she did not succeed. After that, she left him and her husband alone for awhile, but Gouvernail’s disinterest seems to become a challenge to her. She eventually wanted to spend more time with him, so she accompanied him when he went through his everyday activities. She asks her husband when he will leave, and he questions greatly why he wants her gone. So, she leaves to go stay at her aunt’s house. It is learned in the story that she has come to like her house guest very much. When he talks to her outside on the bench, she finds herself very attracted to him,but holds in her temptations because respectable women do not give in to their impulses. After her guest leaves, she denies her husband’s friend returning to their house, until one day near the end of the year she tells her husband that she wants to have him over again, and that she will treat him very …show more content…
Both “The Bet” and “A Respectable Woman” are short stories set in the 1800’s. These stories both also have surprise plot endings that the reader does not know is coming. Each story has the same tone and is written in the third person point-of-view. The choice of words is also very similar. Both authors used the right diction to describe events inside of the story such as with their use of irony and metaphors. Perhaps most interestingly of all, the authors leave the storyline with a sense that the story may not quite yet be over with. Does Mrs. Baroda hold on to her principles or does she give in to her baser desires? Is the banker able to live with himself knowing that the lawyer should perhaps by right have won the

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