Third Person (Limited Omniscient)
Who is the speaker in the bet?
Answer: The young lawyer is the speaker and he is speaking at the banker’s residence.
What is the tone of the story the bet?
The overall tone of Anton Chekhov’s “The Bet” is dry and matter-of-fact.
What was the banker’s view on the topic?
The banker was of the view that death penalty was more humane but the lawyer thought otherwise. A lively discussion arose. The banker got carried away and said that he would bet two million roubles if the lawyer spent five years in solitary confinement.
What literary devices are used in the bet?
Throughout “The Bet,” Chekhov employs a variety of literary devices to create a sense of realism. He uses a concise two-part story structure, ample metaphors and similes, and frequent foreshadowing to delineate between the two main characters and drive the plot forward.
Why does the banker call The Bet cursed?
In “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov, the banker calls the bet “cursed” because when he originally made the bet with the lawyer, he was extremely wealthy, and now he no longer is. He had millions of dollars fifteen years ago when he and the lawyer bet two million dollars, and that two million was nothing to him.
Which does the banker consider more human?
The banker values personal pride, power, material possessions, and money. In all things, the banker is a powerful man. He would choose the death penalty as being the most humane simply because it would be better than dying by degrees.
What will happen to the banker if the lawyer wins the bet?
If he pays the lawyer for winning the bet, he will be ruined. His only escape from his tragedy would be to kill the lawyer. When the banker opens the door into the cell, he discovers the lawyer now looking like a skeleton. He discovers a letter and reads it, but soon realizes the lawyer plans to lose.
What is the main conflict of the bet?
Anton Chekhov’s “The Bet” focuses on a conflict between a banker and a young lawyer who enter into a disagreement at a party hosted by the banker. While the banker believes that capital punishment is more humane than life imprisonment, the lawyer claims that he would choose life imprisonment over a death sentence.
Why after reading over six hundred volumes in four years would the lawyer spend one year reading the Bible?
In “The Bet”, why, after reading over six-hundred volumes in four years would the lawyer spend one year reading the New Testament? He first learned different languages so that he could better understand the New Testament instead of just jumping to that right away.
What is the banker’s intention?
The banker was so criminal minded that he thought that if he kills the prisoner,suspicion would first fall upon the watchman as he was not found there. So for carrying out his intention of killing the lawyer so that he could escape himself from giving away the two million,he called for the watchman.
Why would the lawyer offer to raise the stakes from 5 years to 15 without asking for more money?
Initially, the banker makes the bet for 5 years. He believes that the lawyer would not be able to endure 5 years of voluntary imprisonment. In the heat of the moment, the lawyer raises the stakes to fifteen years. He probably does this to prove how serious he is, and how much he believes that he is in the right.