Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Dr. Tammie Kennedy


The primary characters (ones with a point of view) in Leo Tolstoy’s short stories exhibit a degree of success in their general efforts through their own serving mentality and the moral imperative they demonstrate over the course of the narrative. The methodology behind the analytical task of determining the impact of the serving mentality on their success focused on general analysis of seven Tolstoy short stories with some cross-comparison given. The results indicate to what extent a protagonist continued or changed their serving mentality throughout, and how that shift may have influenced their success. The aggregate points of success allotted to these characters ultimately confirms Tolstoy’s philosophical view of living an unselfish life.