What Tolstoy gives us is a didactic tale, a story meant to teach a moral or religious lesson. They often waste their time trying to gain more for themselves. Greed Doing whats right Leo Tolstoy Conclusion Baskhirs is really the devil in men clothing guiding Pahom into temptation, and greed. Here in the country we don't have these ups and downs. In the midst of their visit, the two of them get into an argument about whether the city or the peasant lifestyle is preferable.
Threats to burn his building began to be uttered. Pahom's heart kindled with desire. Pahom, full with greed, walks beyond his limits. Pahom could not understand what they were saying, but saw that they were much amused, and that they shouted and laughed. He's trying his best to provide for his family,which made him deterimined to get more. In the winter the news got about that the lady was going to sell her land, and that the keeper of the inn on the high road was bargaining for it. Pahom drove in his own small cart with his servant, and took a spade with him.
They have the opportunity to choose their life if they want to by buying and owning their own land. She had always lived on good terms with the peasants, until she engaged as her steward an old soldier, who took to burdening the people with fines. Pahom has a nightmare about his own death, the Devil, and the Devil's different personas. They were quite ignorant, and knew no Russian, but were good-natured enough. He kept thinking about the land. When you become so enslaved to acquiring more and holding on to what you have, you have lost sight of the real purpose of living. The Bashkirs clicked their tongues to show their pity.
Pahom becomes carried away with his ambition and greed, and loses contentment even though he already has enough to make himself happy if he wanted to be internal; man versus himself. It was the women who prepared kumiss, and they also made cheese. Besides I am in a regular sweat, and very thirsty. The belly needs food and the body clothes. Semyon said, 'Well, my friend.
The Chief accepted them, and seated himself in the place of honour. For where the treasures are, there also will by thy heart. He stays out as late as possible, marking out land until just before the sun sets. Human desires have brought many of us away from our original natures that God gave in the beginning. But you, in your towns, are surrounded by temptations; today all may be right, but tomorrow the Evil One may tempt your husband with cards, wine, or women, and all will go to ruin. As he is walking, he realizes the sun is setting.
In this story, all that was required was a plot large enough in which to bury the man who wanted too much. The one condition is that if he does not return on the same day to the spot at which he began, the money will be lost. Finally, after buying and selling a lot of fertile and good land, he is introduced to the , and is told that they are simple-minded people who own a huge amount of land. I have lost my life, I have lost my life! How many acres would that be? They gave Pahom a feather-bed to sleep on, and the Bashkirs dispersed for the night, promising to assemble the next morning at daybreak and ride out before sunrise to the appointed spot. The mares were milked, and from the milk kumiss was made. The reader knows that the Devil is listening to Pahom. Pahom dies as a result of his actions towards attaining material possessions.
Then he realizes he does not like using rented land, so he decides to buy his own land again. He sought ever more land and the sense of security and pleasure that would ensue, or so the thought. Tolstoy ends his story with an excellent example. You may make as large a circuit as you please, but before the sun sets you must return to the place you started from. Pahóm hears from a tradesman about the , a simple people who own a huge amount of land deep in Central Asia. His purpose likely was to show how greed and an excessive desire for earthly wealth can destroy a person.
As soon as he makes it back, he collapses and dies of heat exhaustion. This elder sister was married to a merchant and the younger to a peasant in the village. The end of the story teaches us how much we actually need in life. Of the Communal land alone he had three times as much as at his former home, and the land was good corn-land. The only land he needed in the end was eight feet long, three feet wide land.