Theme Betbet on a specific subject
Clearly, the theme of "The Bet" is the vainness of people' s desires. Prior to his arrest, the young attorney believed that under all circumstances living was better than dying. For example, like the eighteenth-century travellers in quest of the true Dr. Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (from Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, 1759), the prisoner Chekhows moved from one excitement to another, one by one throwing away the springs of humanitarian bliss that were allowed to him by his agreements.
It' interesting that the attorney switches between complacency and discipline, from easy reading and listening to songs to classical writing, then back to flight through listening to songs and writing, then to intensive studying, first of the mankind and then of the godly. In the end, Chekhov's bankier remarks, he has no sense of the way, but rather takes off unpredictably and obviously looks for something, for everything, to give his own biography sense.
In contrast to most searchers of truths in literary works, the advocate is denied interpersonal contacts, charity, family bonds, fellowship and society. In the first year, Chekhov wrote, the prisoner is alone; obviously the loneliness in later years is less gloomy. However, it can be said that his study of all of man's potential is imperfect without the experiencing of individual relations.
He says that through reading novels he has witnessed all the joys of humanity, from loving man and enjoying nature's beautiful beauties to exercising oppressive powers, and although his emotions were representative, he thinks he can refuse them on the foundation of what he has learnt. There are many reasons for the disregard for one' s own existence shown in the last one.
Different interests last for different periods of timeframes, but no one can warrant a lifetime. Secondly, everything that man thinks is pretty is unsightly, and everything that he thinks is real is wrong; in other words, man can only like this universe if he sees it as it is not, and the prisoner has given up the ability to delude himself.
Significantly, after seeing the shriveled, wretched prisoner he wanted to murder, after reading the denouncement of man's existance denounced in the Epistle, the bankier does not hold himself in disdain for the outside worlds, but for himself. Is he feeling guilty about destroying a whole lifetime? The prisoner has higher ideas than he does?
However, the bankier is not willing to give up his or her right to live; he or she closes the memo in his or her vault to insure himself or herself against possible charges. A problem with this tale is that the writer seems insecure about his subject. Chekhov certainly does not approve of the prisoner that nothing is worth it, although he recognises that no excitement in one' s own lifetime seems to be forever.
Chekhov's closing of "The Bet" with the banker's self-protective gestures indicates that the rest of the globe is unwilling to come to an agreement with the solicitor. Moreover, the prisoner's abnormal look causes the reader either to believe that he has been exhausted much more quickly than normal or that his own existence has been much harder than that of most humans.
Chekhov's uncertainty about what he wanted to demonstrate in history, apart from the fact that people' responses are incalculable, is shown by the third section of history which he omitted in his collective works. All of a sudden the attorney emerges, announcing his passion for living, declaring novels a bad replacement and asking for a substantial amount of cash, threatens to commit suicide if he does not get it.
However, he realizes that his own lifetime is no longer fortunate enough to make the move make sense, he refuses the idea and makes the attorney the winner of the bet.