It is also evident in Aunt Alexandra's disapproval of Calpurnia and in the hypocritical attitudes of Miss Gates and the ladies of the Missionary Circle. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. An unnamed guest remarks that they are both equally immoral, because the State does not have the right to take away that which it cannot give back. The other one is a young, promising lawyer who shares his life with, apparently, no one. At the outset, we find that a primary characteristic of the prisoner is persistence. So the two made a bet—if the lawyer can stand to be in voluntary solitary confinement for fifteen years, the banker will pay him two million smackers.
The banker, a spoiled and pampered man, is very nervous and becomes carried away by excitement at the time he makes a bet with the lawyer. With this in mind, the banker goes to investigate how the lawyer is doing. Please see the supplementary resources provided below for other helpful content related to this book. In a flashback, he and several of his guests, many of whom are journalists and scholars, discuss whether capital punishment is more moral and humane than life imprisonment. One path is that of an old banker who refuses to face his own morality and the other is the lawyer prisoner who is a younger man in his mid-twenties facing his own morality, but falls into despair because he is so disconnected from the outside world even after gaining extensive amounts of knowledge during his fifteen years in solitary confinement. Wakoski writes about her painful relationship with her father and explores the distant and miniscule relationship between father and daughter.
Anton Chekhov presents the pros and cons of both options in his short story, The Bet. In the next two years, he reads haphazardly and randomly, focusing on anything from the natural sciences to Byron and Shakespeare. While both one day are wondering threw the woods. He also reminds the lawyer that voluntary rather than enforced imprisonment is much harder psychologically. The banker argued that death was a better alternative to life spent behind bars.
The next four years were filled with study: language, philosophy, history, and theology. This section contains 1,329 words approx. He gradually stopped drinking and smoking. Many people would take the bet thinking only about the money and no their life or freedom. Analysis In , Chekov decides to analyze which is worse: life imprisonment or capital punishment. It is possible that the banker struggles with his decisions for the rest of his life as he does choose to hold onto the lawyer's last letter, but it is equally possible that he simply forgets about the lawyer in a few years time, locking away all thought of him from his mind. The Confinement The time came for the lawyer to begin his sentence.
The prisoner has come to the conclusion that nothing of this world suits him, and that he, himself is part of something more meaningful than the ways of the world. In the Book Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth allows power to corrupt his mind. The banker does feel some contempt for himself, but the story does not give the reader much more detail than that. When trying to work out the theme of a story, we need to remember that the theme is the overall meaning of a work of literature that usually expresses a view or comment on life. Writers rarely state their theme directly; the reader must consider the complex interplay of all of the elements of the story in order to piece together the possible meanings of the work as a whole. To me two million is a trifle but you are losing three or four of the best years of your life.
The banker, by this time, has gone broke due to his own recklessness and gambling. He is forbidden to leave, to interact with anyone or even hear human voices, or to receive letters or newspapers. Capital punishment kills a man at once, but lifelong imprisonment kills him slowly. The terms of the agreement were made: the lawyer would be voluntarily jailed and, if he endured 15 years behind bars, he would be awarded two million rubles. With the banker being presumptuous at supper he makes jokes toward the Lawyer. His reading materials in the first year included novels with complicated love stories, sensational and fantastic stories. The majority of the guests, among whom were many journalists and intellectual men, disapproved of the death penalty.
In the fifth year, he lay on his bed, drank wine, and played the piano. Later realizing the true meaning of life and the insignifance of money during his time in prison. The lawyer not thinking takes the bet giving away his freedom for fifteen years. On the eve of the release date, we find out that the banker cannot fulfill his part of the bet. In the sixth year, the lawyer begins to zealously study languages, philosophy, and history, reading more books than can easily be brought to him. The only time that we see the thoughts of the lawyer clearly is later in the story, through a letter. As the years go by, the lawyer negotiates different stages of coping with what is essentially solitary confinement.
Neither man wanting to make peace, and both Praying that misfortune would fall onto one another. The banker tells the lawyer that if he can endure fifteen years of voluntary captivity, he will be rewarded with two million rubles. The main example of racism was the charge brought by Bob Ewell against Tom Robinson and the way in which the anti black feeling in Maycomb caused hostility towards Atticus and his family because of his defence of Tom. As the group argued, the two sides of the debate coalesced into two representatives: the banker, who is for capital punishment and believes that it is more merciful, and a lawyer, who believes that life imprisonment is the better option, due to its preservation of life. We never see the lawyer's thought process wholly unvarnished and unfiltered, as we often see the thoughts of the banker.
Phew, he doesn't have to murder the guy. 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. Back in the present, the banker bemoans his decision to make this bet, because nothing has been gained: the lawyer has lost fifteen years of his life, it looks like the banker will lose two million rubles, and no one will have gained any knowledge as to whether capital punishment or life imprisonment is preferable. Later in the story, Chekhov paints the portrait of a cowardly man who lacks the courage to endure reality. The terms laid out for the lawyer during his imprisonment dictate how he will live for the next fifteen years, limiting his access to the parts of life that, for most people, make living worthwhile.
In this tale the protagonists are a banker and a lawyer. In this short story the banker and the lawyer also learned a lesson: that our needs and values are bigger than we think. Abby emerges from the bedroom, and Travis drags her back to. With Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi provides a stark examination of human survival in the dehumanized society of a Nazi death camp. He sets out to the lodge to do just that, and is floored by what he sees: a frail and aged man, who has written a letter detailing all of the material things he despises in the world.