How Much Land Does a Man Need?

by

Leo Tolstoy

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How Much Land Does a Man Need? Symbols

Kumiss

In Tolstoy’s story, the beverage named kumiss is used to represent an appreciation of life’s pleasures, in contrast with a constant striving for more. Kumiss is mildly alcoholic and holds much cultural significance. Consumed during…

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Pakhom’s Spade

Pakhom’s spade symbolizes his greed in “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” A common tool, the elder Bashkir insists that Pakhom take the spade to mark his progress throughout his walk of the…

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