In Chekhov’s “The Bet,” the banker and the lawyer both learn the futility of their wager, as they have found that life and its conditions differ greatly from their more youthful perceptions. The lawyer learns that his sweeping statement that life on any terms is better than death is not true.
What did the banker do in the bet?
The host of the party where the death penalty vs. life imprisonment debate happens, the banker bets the lawyer two million dollars to stay in solitary confinement for fifteen years.
What is the lesson in the bet?
The main moral of the “The Bet” concerns the shallowness of material wealth, as one who is internally rich is not wishing for anything. A secondary theme is about the death penalty. Life imprisonment is portrayed as the better option to death, as the person has the time to develop character.
What does the banker believe in?
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.
How does the banker change throughout the bet?
The banker’s attitude toward the bet changes as the years wear on, likely transforming from confidence and amusement to doubt, amazement, concern, fear, dread, and finally to desperation.
Why did the banker regret making the bet?
At the same time the banker who bet the lawyer would not stay in prison for fifteen years later regrets making that bet because the lawyer was so close to winning his prize.
What is the bet between the lawyer and the banker?
In Chekhov’s short story “The Bet,” the terms of the bet are that the lawyer will stay in prison for fifteen years and the banker will “wager two million” (92). While the lawyer is in prison, he can have no human contact, but he can have “anything necessary–books, music, wine–” and anything else he requests (92).
What is the conclusion of the story the bet?
In conclusion, “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov shows us that nobody wins when excessively stubborn people cross paths. First, situational irony is used to make both of the main characters look foolish. Second, the conflict and resolution to the story make it seem like making the bet was a bad idea.
What is the outcome of the story the bet?
The final outcome of the story “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov is that the lawyer intentionally leaves moments before the time limit for his confinement expires, denouncing society’s “worldly” desires. The banker hides the lawyer’s letter, preserving his own public image.
Why does the banker cry?
The first possibility is that the banker has learned a valuable lesson about not being a huge jerk. There he was all set to kill the guy, when all along the lawyer had no interest in his money at all. So the reason he feels bad and cries is that he suddenly sees that he’s been way too obsessed with money.
What does the banker think when he sees the lawyer sleeping at the table?
In “The Bet,” when the banker sees the lawyer sleeping at the table, he thinks that the lawyer is a pitiful figure, and he feels sorry for him. This alone, however, does not deter the banker from his plan to kill the lawyer.
Why does the banker feel bad about himself after reading the lawyer’s letter?
After reading the letter, the banker feels “contempt for himself,” presumably because he is guilty of just what the prisoner is writing about: believing in the lies mankind has lived by. He locks up the letter so that he will have proof that the prisoner has lost the bet.