final literature essay will be on the two Russian stories by the Russian and world literature classic Leo Tolstoy, “After the Ball” and “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” You will reflect on the two stories, trying to reconstruct Tolstoy’s world outlook. What was he trying to say in his stories? What views did he have? Is it possible to say? Is there any connection between the stories? To do well on this Literature Essay you will have to do research on historic background of the stories — it will help a lot. However, in your literature essay you will discuss your own thoughts, as outlined earlier. Please don’t reproduce historical facts from Wikipedia. The purpose of your research is to help you think about the stories and understand them better. 3-5 pages.
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