Essay Sniper and How Much Land Does Man Require

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Tolstoy did not believe that human life was futile. In his later years he came to believe that the best life was one of Christian humility and simplicity. His story "How Much Land Does a Man Require" shows the futility of human greed. The protagonist is to gain possession of all the land he can walk around in one day. His greed for land lures him into walking farther and farther in order to encompass desirable woods, pastures, and other attractive areas. Because of his greediness he finds himself too far away from the point that would represent the enclosure of all the land he was attempting to encircle in one day. His anxiety and exertion kill him and he is buried in just six feet of earth. The whole story illustrates how foolish people …show more content…
By Leo Tolstoy Presented by: Kiahana Perez, Mark Paradise, and Grant Sigafoose Figurative Language Simile- "The land was so good, he said, that rye sown on it grew as high as a horse" Foreshadowing- 'All right' thought the Devil.'We will have a tussel i'll give you enough land; and by means of that land I will get you in to my power.' personification- 'The heat made the air hazy: it seemed to be quivering' this is foreshadowing because it is showing that the devil will have a part later on in the story this is a simile because it is comparing the rye to the height of a horse this personification because it is giving the air the human quality of quivering

Numerous stories have reminiscent qualities of other stories because basic human qualities do not change, even over a vast period of time. No matter what time they are written, many stories are somehow basically similar to each other. Tolstoy’s “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” has many reminiscent qualities of the Chaucerian genres, especially the ones used in Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale.”

The writing style of Tolstoy is reminiscent of Chaucer’s style. Both Chaucer and Tolstoy use apostrophe, where a belief or idea is portrayed as a character. In “The Pardoner’s Tale” death is a character. “There came a privy thief, they call him Death.” Tolstoy’s “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” has the devil as a character. “But the Devil sitting behind the stove had

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