Comparative Analysis

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Comparative Analysis “More oftentimes than not, you're automatically guilty before innocent.” ~Anthony Anderson. This quote is a great example of the comparative analysis of “A Problem” by Anton Chekhov and “The Long Exile” by Leo Tolstoy. Even though both authors are Russian, the stories are not very similar. Anton Chekov has more complicated diction then that of Leo Tolstoy, making his stories harder to understand. But the real comparison that will be discussed is “accusation before investigation” and how many people tend to jump to conclusions without knowing the whole story, though sometimes the accusations are true. In the first story “A Problem” the main character, Sasha Uskov, forges an IOU getting himself into a lot of trouble. His two uncles, the Colonel and Ivan Markovitch argue about Sasha’s fate. The Colonel believes he should be punished, saying “I am only warning you against a false view; I am pointing out the possibility of an unpardonable mistake. How can you fail to see it? I am not speaking Chinese; I am speaking Russian!” (pg. 816). But Ivan does not agree, replying with “If Sasha’s error bordered upon crime, they must remember that Sasha had received practically no education; he had been expelled from the high school in the fifth class; he had lost his parents in early childhood, and so had been left at the tenderest age without guidance and good, benevolent influences. He was nervous, excitable, had no firm ground under his feet, and, above all, he had been unlucky.” (pg. 816). Ivan is convinced that Sasha is innocent, and eventually the Colonel agrees to let him go. Unfortunately, Ivan realizes his mistake because Sasha asks him for an IOU, which he is never going to pay back. This story is related to “accusation before investigation” because the Colonel in the story immediately want Sasha to go to jail for what he did, therefore

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