Comparison Between "How Much Land Does A Man Need?" By Leo Tolstoy, And "Faust," By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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"Compare and Contrast"The protagonists, Poham in "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy, and Faust in "Faust," part 1 written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, are similar and different in many ways. The characters of the devils as drawn by Goethe and Tolstoy also have many things in common. Both of the stories are about greed and what people are willing to do to get what they want."How Much Land Does a Man Need" is a well-crafted adaptation of a short story by 19th century Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. The story follows the life of a poor, hard-working sharecropper, Poham, who dreams of becoming a successful farmer of his own land. His greed of becoming wealthy and owning land leads ...view middle of the document...

Another distinction is that Poham is a farmer but Faust is an enlightened thinker and scholar. Some similarities between Faust and Poham are that they both wanted to attain something, whether it was knowledge or wealth. None of them lived a happy life and they both lost their lives trying to achieve their goals. For example, towards the end of the story as soon as Poham gets to finish marking his land, he collapses and dies right as he finishes, and towards the end of "Faust," Faust dies trying to acquire knowledge. Another similarity between these characters is that they both were led by the devils to what they wanted and they eventually died. The devil in "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" and Mephistopheles in "Faust" are similar and different in many ways. Mephistopheles, from the epic poem "Faust," by Goethe, is one of the most interesting characters if examined carefully. Much like today's crude interpretations of the devil, Mephistopheles was a skeptic, a gambler, self- confident, witty, stubborn, smart, creative, tempting and of course, evil. Some of the differences are that Mephistopheles appears more often and is active in the story, and he is actually a main character unlike the devil in "How Much...

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