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Down The Wrong Path Essay

1174 words - 5 pages

Life is built differently every day according to the choices we make. Every decision we make will have a result, some results might be good, other results might be bad, and even a single choice can result in death as the maximum prize. The objective of this essay is to compare two characters from different stories that learned something through a specific event or experience. This essay will analyze the histories “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov and “The Interlopers” by Saki. These two stories will mostly be compared on the choices that the character made, how they were affected by it, and a conclusion based on their past events.
“The Bet” by Anton Chekhov, is a story about two young men that were discussing about how capital punishment had to be replaced by imprisonment for life. For one of the young men, the banker, capital punishment was more moral than imprisonment for life because it killed the prisoner slowly, rather than the capital penalty killed him in minutes. On the other hand, the other man opposed to this thought. He said, “The death sentence and the life sentence are equally immoral, but if I had to choose between the death penalty and imprisonment for life, I would certainly choose the second. To live anyhow is better than not at all.”(Chekhov 1) The result of this event was a bet in which one of the young men had to proof that he could be imprisoned for fifteen years; In return, the banker had to pay him two million dollars. Even though that the banker gave the other men a chance to regret his decision, he did not. At first we can see that banker was completely sure that the other man could not stay longer than three or four years as he said “To me two millions is a trifle, but you are losing three or four years of the best years of your life. I say three or four, because you won’t stay longer.”(Chekhov 1) We can assume that he was a rich man that liked to be right all the time since he bet two millions as if they were nothing. He was convinced that the man would not complete the bet, besides he had a fortune, so he assumed that there was not a problem even if the man completed the bet. The bet was carried away, and the man was imprisoned. He could have wine, tobacco, books and a musical instrument, but he could not see, hear, or have contact with any human.
The fifteen years have passed, the once rich man, was now in debt and desperate that he had to pay the imprisoned men two million dollars. The first mistake of this once rich man was to believe that the imprisoned man could not complete the bet, and besides that, he spent all his money gambling on the Stock Exchange. As a result, he lost most of his fortune. Desperate, the banker said “The one means of being saved from bankruptcy is the death of that man!”(Chekhov 1). He was decided to kill the prisoner, so he went to the lodge where the man was imprisoned, and just before he was going to murder him, he found a letter where the imprisoned man explains to the other that he did...

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