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Master and Man

Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy
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Leo Tolstoy's novella "Master and Man" is a gripping tale that explores the complex relationship between a wealthy landowner and his loyal servant on a treacherous journey through a snowstorm. The story is a poignant exploration of human nature, showcasing the differences in class and privilege, as well as the universal themes of greed, selflessness, and redemption.

Tolstoy's writing is masterful, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions and emotional depth. The characters are well-developed, with the master's arrogance and the servant's loyalty creating a dynamic that evolves throughout the course of the story. As the two men face numerous challenges and obstacles, their journey becomes a metaphor for the choices we make in life and the consequences that follow.

The novella's ending is both heartbreaking and hopeful, providing a powerful conclusion that leaves a lasting impact on the reader. "Master and Man" is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today, a testament to Tolstoy's skill as a storyteller and his insightful exploration of the human experience.

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A land owner, Vasili Andreevich, takes along one of his peasants, Nikita, for a short journey to another town. He wishes to get to the town quickly ‘for business’. They find themselves in the middle of a blizzard, but the master in his avarice wishes to press on. They eventually get lost off the road and they try to camp. The master’s peasant soon finds himself about to die from hypothermia. The master leaves him on the horse to stubbornly try to find the road. When he returns, he attains a spiritual/moral revelation, and Tolstoy once again repeats one of his famous themes: that the only true happiness in life is found by living for others. (Wikipedia)

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