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How Much Land Does a Man Need? | Study Guide

Leo Tolstoy

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Overview

Author

Leo Tolstoy

Year Published

1886

Type

Short Story

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The story has a third-person omniscient narrator.

Tense

The story is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The plot revolves around Pahom, a Russian peasant, who acquires more and more land in an attempt to gain power and wealth. Tolstoy poses a provocative question in the title, which the narrator answers in the final line of the story. When Pahom dies in an ill-fated attempt to cover as much land as possible in a day, he only needs the six feet required for his coffin.

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