How much land does it take to kill a man

How much land does it take to kill a man? “How Much Land Does A Man Need?” could be described as a fable, a religious statement, or even a tragedy. Pahom, the greedy main character reminds me of the American culture. I thought this story had a clear message that was suiting to read at my age as I’m nearly old enough to make some of the same decisions as Pahom did.
This short story was told by the author’s point of view. While I found the story interesting, I think it would of been more dramatic if it were told by the Devil’s point of view. There would be more suspense built up and you would see how much the Devil played Pahom like a puppet.
The writing style was simple and straight forward. I think this type of writing style was boring, but was necessary in order for the theme of the story to be emphasized.
The story was set in Pahom’s farm community. Pahom was a peasant in his community who desired, more than anything, to be a wealthy man. He says to himself at the beginning of the story, “If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!” unaware that the Devil was listening. I would like to know how owning more land would help him to be without fear of the Devil. At that moment, Pahom’s life changed forever; the Devil was out for him and he had nowhere to hide. This scene was very ironic as I was aware of Pahom’s destiny, but he believed he could become rich with no downfall.
Quickly after this scene, Pahom believed his luck had changed. He went from the peasant who was being heavily taxed by a landowner, to a landowner who was being the heavy tecer on peasants. Pahom had become what he had always hated and at this point, I knew the theme of the story would be greed.
As the story dragged on, I realized how much Pahom was a symbol of the American society. A peasant spoke to Pahom of a great farming land that was just past Volga. He immediately jumped on the opportunity and moved to the land the peasant had spoken of. At first he was pleased, but he quickly grew unsatisfied and wanted more. His greed grew with each success. A while later, a dealer spoke to Pahom of a land owned by the Bashkirs. The dealer had made friends with the chiefs and they had given him thirteen thousand acres for one hundred rubbles. Usually when something is too good to be true, it is just that, but Pahom was too blind because of his greed. Pahom’s greed reminded me of the American society because just as each new land seemed great at first, but grew old quickly and caused Pahom to desire more, so does the American society. Every new phone, iPod, or car that comes out cannot compare to the last and American must get it immediately. Why was Pahom always unsatisfied? Why did he need so much land?
Pahom again set off for new land. He met the Bashkirs and spoke to the chief of a deal. The chief said he could have all the land he could walk around in a day, but if he didn’t get back in time, he would lose his money. Pahom was thrilled. He could not sleep as he planned his future. When he finally slept, he dreamed of the peasant laughing, then the dealer, the chief, and finally the Devil with hi dead at his feet. This foreshadowed his predestined death.
Pahom awoke and began his walk immediately. He grew weak in the sun. Suspense began to build as he had to run to beat the setting of the sun. He thought of his dream and when he reached he end just in time, the chief was laughing like his dream. Pahom lay down and gave into death. Evil had conquered over good. Why was he willing to die for land?
Pahom’s desire became his downfall. Foreshadowing of his death could not rattle him and neither could the feeling of death overcoming him. Did he know the Devil had done this to him? Was it worth it? Pahom is a forewarning to Americans that their greed might very well destroy them. How much land does it take to kill a man? A days’ worth of land is what it takes to kill a man.