Ivan was a timid little man who was often picked on by the villagers and Lieutenant.
Man vs Man was Ivan vs lieutenant. Man vs Himself was Ivan vs Fear
" A challenge, then! Cross the cemetery tonight, Ivan and I'll give you five rubles-five gold rubles!" Ivan accepts the challenge.
Ivan places the saber until the ground.
Ivan gets stuck to the ground.
They found Ivan, next morning, on the ground in front of the tomb that was in the center of the cemetery. He was frozen to death. The look on his face was not that of a frozen man, but that of a man killed by some nameless horror. And the lieutenant's saber was in the ground where Ivan had pounded it-through the dragging folds of his long coat.