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In How Much Land Does a Man Need by Leo Tolstoy possession of material goods can lead to ones downfall and even death is shown The story opens upon two sisters debating on whom has the better life arrangement The sister who is the wife of a peasant Pahom declares confidently that her life is not filled with extravagant luxuries but with self-satisfaction and fewer temptations When Pahom overhears this he too believes the statement but he wishes he had just a bit more land What starts out as a wistful thought rapidly becomes an unquenchable thirst for land That never-ending need for more land spins out of control leading to his death Pahom dies as a result of his actions towards attaining material possessions The reader has the feeling that such actions and decisions will lead to trouble when Pahom declares If I had plenty of land I shouldnt fear the Devil himself 944 Such a bold and arrogant statement would invite trouble no mater who said it This is Tolstoys way of introducing the concept that obtaining material possessions and constantly being greedy can lead to personal human downfall Such is the case with Pahom Pahoms lifestyle plays an important role in what guides his actions towards his falling out Pahoms wife states in the argument with her sister We may live roughly but at least were free from worry Our way is safer 944 Pahom hearing this agrees It is perfectly true we peasants have no time to let any nonsense settle in our heads Our only trouble is we havent land enough 944 He then goes on to challenge the Devil as before mentioned In his statement Pahom contradicts himself He is satisfied with his life but dissatisfied with the circumstances in his life The first signs of hunger for land appear and it has a snowball effect from there leading to Pahoms eventual death Never satisfied Pahom cannot
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