Character Analysis in The Bet
The Banker: The banker is a greedy businessman who uses his power and wealth to manipulate others. Initially, he freely risks two million rubles in the bet with the lawyer. However, as the story progresses, the banker falls into destitution and considers murdering the lawyer so as not to pay him back. His choices are always financially or materialistically driven.
The Lawyer: The lawyer, like the banker, goes through a transformation during the fifteen year period. At the start of the story, the lawyer is young and impulsive, willfully throwing himself into the bet. The lawyer, however, is intelligent and uses his solitary confinement to read poetry and to study the natural sciences. By the time the lawyer emerges from his confinement, he has lived vicariously through his literature. At forty years old, he has matured and learned about the pitfalls of the human condition.
Character Analysis Examples in The Bet:
"In the course of four years some six hundred volumes were procured at his request...." See in text (Part I)
"“I’ll take the bet, but I would stay not five but fifteen years.”..." See in text (Part I)
"as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor..." See in text (Part II)