The bet arises from a debate on which is worse: death or solitary confinement. The lawyer claims that some life (confinement) is better than no life at all. The banker claims – even though he has no experience of being executed or confined – that capital punishment is more humane.
What is the main point of the bet?
Anton Chekhov’s short story “The Bet” is fundamentally about the meaning of life, and this is the main theme of the story. Chekhov explores what that meaning might be, and in order to do so, he also explores other themes, such as crime and punishment, freedom and imprisonment, and loneliness and greed.
What is the summary of the bet?
The Bet is an 1889 short story by Anton Chekhov about a banker and a young man who make a bet with each other based on capital punishment and whether the death penalty is better or worse than life in prison. An ironic twist responds to this exploration of the value of a human life with an unexpected result.
What was the bet in the bet?
The terms of the bet are that the lawyer must live in isolation for fifteen years. At the end of that time, if he fulfills his bet of having no human contact for this period, the banker will pay him two million rubles.
What happens in the end of the bet?
In the end of the story, “The Bet,” the lawyer despairs of life, and he reneges on the wager with banker. In their bet about which is crueler, live-long imprisonment or capital punishment, the banker and the lawyer wager their futures. The young lawyer argues that life on any terms is better than death.
Why do lawyers surrender 2 million dollars?
The lawyer initially made the bet because he wanted to win a fortune and live in luxury for the rest of his life. Once he found himself in solitary confinement, he realized that he would have to work hard at something in order to keep from going crazy.
How much money did the banker offer to the lawyer in the bet?
If he could last to the end of his sentence, the lawyer would receive two million rubbles for wining the bet. The banker cannot fathom his good fortune, and even offers the young lawyer a way out, saying that he is being hasty and foolish.
Who is worse off at the end of the bet the banker or the lawyer?
Technically, the banker wins the bet because the lawyer deliberately loses it by leaving his confinement before the full fifteen years is up. Morally, the lawyer has won the bet because he could easily have remained imprisoned for a few more hours.