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The authors purpose of writing How Much Land Does a Man Need is to show us that we need to set definite boundaries on our own greediness It shows us in an entertaining way that if we are not careful are greediness and lack of self-discipline may end up killing us The story appears to take place in a small peasant village in the late 1800s in the midst of thousands of acres of farmland Although it could happen anyplace when someone is not content with what he has and tries to get more The main character in the story is Pahom a peasant who is not satisfied with what he has There are also a few minor characters including Pahoms servant wife and brother-in-law The story also includes an old lady a passing land dealer and the Bashkirs The story starts out with Pahom a peasant who is working on someone elses farmland As the plot progresses Pahom is able to purchase about forty acres of his own farmland As time goes by he is still not satisfied When he hears that there is land for sale in another city he sells everything he owns and moves there to try buying more land Pahom succeeds with his quest and ends up ten times better of than he was before But after awhile he is still dissatisfied Pahom hears about the far away land of Bashkirs where he can get as much land as he can walk around in a day for only a thousand rubles Pahom sells everything again and heads of to the land of Bashkirs He arrives safely and finds out that everything he had heard about the land was true However in the end things do not turn out so well and he learns to late a very valuable lesson on self-discipline The main strength of the story would
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