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In the short story "How Much Land Does A Man Need" by Leo Tolstoy, Pahom is a peasant living on a small plot of land. When his wife brags that a peasant's life is safer than having money, because with money comes temptation, Pahom agrees, adding that he would not be "afraid of the devil himself" if he only had more land. He buys more land, but is unhappy, for no matter how much more land he gets, he wants more. He ...view middle of the document...

Pahom's life may have been improved by owning more land, but human nature prompted him to continue to be greedy, wanting even more than he already had.
One day, Pahom hears word of a place where free land was given to any man who joins the Commune. Immediately the many acres of land that he does own seem unbearable and barren compared to the promise of better land. He asks himself, "Why should I suffer in this narrow hole, if one can live so well elsewhere"? so, although he has plenty of good land and a good life, Pahom sells everything he owns to pursue what he thinks will complete his idea of a happy life. With the new land, Pahom was content, but soon he grew accustomed to it and began to want more once again. After renting extra land, Pahom decided it would be an even better idea if he actually owned all his land for he believed he "should be independent, and there would not be any unpleasantness". He planned to buy more land, but along cam an opportunity that he would not let pass by.
A tradesman passing through told Pahom of lush land, sold for nearly no money, so Pahom...

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