"The Bet" Short Story Analysis

"The Bet" Short Story Analysis

Author
Anton Chekhov
Characters
Protagonist
Antagonist
Others
Protagonist: Banker
Antagonist: Himself, Lawyer, and the actual bet
Others: watchmen and partygoers
Plot Summary Statement
The Banker and the Lawyer made a bet about life in prison vs. death penalty and then in the end they realize their values.
Major Plot Points
1. The Bet is made
2. The Bet is carried out
3. The Banker plots to kill the lawyer
4. The Banker finds the lawyer’s letter
5. Lawyer leaves early so the banker doesn’t have to pay
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