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The Bet By Anton Chekhov Essay

After reading the bet one can see Through the prisoner's decision, the author proves to the reader that money is evil, money teaches life lessons, and when human will is tested it can be impossible to break.

This story proves once and for all money is the root of all evil. When the young man told the older man, "The death sentence and the life sentence are equally immoral, but if I had to choose one I would choose the second." This quote caused such excitement for the younger man, but he had no idea what he was soon to get himself into. As the older man made the 2 million/ 5year bet the younger man being young, naive and only thinking of MONEY caused him to over react. The young man said, "I'll take the bet, but I would stay not five but fifteen years!" When the young man made this bet he was corrupted by money and not thinking about anything but his greed. If he would of though about the bet for one day he was of realized he was losing the best years of his life. So after reading this one has proven that money causes spilt second decisions to be made all the time, and it usually turns out for the worst.

In " The Bet" money teaches a few life lessons. When the man is about half was though his "sentence" he realized that he had learned so much that it is a reward in itself. The anther wrote, " In the sixth year the prisoner began zealously studying Languages, Philosophy, and History." If it wasn't for the Two Million he probably would never even thought about trying to teach himself Languages, Philosophy and many other teaching....

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Summary: In Anton Chekhov's short story "The Bet," a lawyer and a banker agree to a $2 million bet in which the lawyer would spend fifteen years in solitary confinement. While the banker remained concerned primarily about the money, the lawyer eventually relinquished the bet, having found the true meaning of life and the insignificance of the money during his confinement. Through this story, Chekhov demonstrates a belief that the power and capacity for learning exists within the individual, and it isn't something that can happen to everyone.


"The power and capacity of learning exists in the soul already," A line from the Allegory of the Den in which Plato expresses his views that learning must come from within. He believed that it's not possible to put knowledge into the soul which wasn't there before because its like putting "sight into blind eyes." The prisoner that escaped the den and discovered something that couldn't be understood or explained to anyone, except him is an example of this. The prisoner had experienced something so different than the rest that no matter what, all the other prisoners wouldn't have the capacity to comprehend any of his views and where he was coming from. This theme is also seen in The Bet, were Chekhov uses the story of the lawyer and the banker to demonstrate a belief that the power and capacity for learning exists within the individual, and...

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