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Three Questions Review

‘Three Questions’ Review

Three Questions was written by a Russian author, Leo Tolstoy. He was famous as a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists. In 1860s he wrote his first great novel, War and Peace. He also interested in short story and then he wrote Three Questions, it was published in 1885, because most of his works are long-works, such as novel or novella. The story is kind of a fiction that Tolstoy made as his parable. This story tells us about a king who seek for three answers from his three questions. None of anyone can satisfy him, and finally he finds a hermit that answers his questions with satiric way.

‘The most important affair is, to do a person good, because for that purpose alone was a person sent into this life’, is the best quote that I can get from Three Questions. This story would be happened in the era of kingdoms, because the setting and the character in the story only can recognize by its plot. The king lived in castle in a kingdom, that kingdom also has a wood and several villages; he seek for answers, from his questions; what was the right time for every action, who were the most necessary people, and how he might know what was the most important thing to do. There are several characters which only appear in the era, such as king, learned men, magicians and hermit himself. All of them are various, for example we can put the main character-the king-as a protagonist one and also the hermit himself. Learned men and other people who joining the contest we can put them into the tritagonist characters. While the man who was wounded, we can put him into antagonist because he was wanted to kill the king.

He tried to ask to anyone who could help solved his problem, and if they could give the right answers, he would give them a great reward. But, none of them could give the right answer, so he was confused. Then he came to a hermit to get the right answers, but he did not say anything because the hermit was focused on doing his work. He just continued dug a hole-until the king took a shift with him.

The hermit answered by unimaginable way. After a wounded-man came to them in the hermits hut, the king helped him and healing his wound. Then, the hermit gave answer based on their events. It was all about the perspective, until the king recognized how important things that he had in his life. The author teaches us how to see things in different way and respect each other.

Based on the story, moral value that I can get are, ‘always be patient and change your perspective in anything’. Tolstoy wrote this story by his imagination, he can drag the reader’s attention by read this story, and placed us if we were in the king’s position. He gives us the new knowledge in grammatically form, so we can learn more by reading this story. When the king came to the hermit and asked questions, while the hermit ignored him and kept doing his work is the part that catches my attention. Because we don’t know what will happen next, perhaps the hermit asked the king to wait or perhaps he stopped his work and gave answer to the king. After the accident with the bearded-man and then the hermit gave answer because the king didn’t be patient is what I like most in the story. Overall Leo Tolstoy gives us new experience after we read this story, and this is one of the most interesting story that I ever read.

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