Death Theme Analytical Essay by Paramount

Death Theme
This paper compares and contrasts the how the theme of death is portrayed in Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych" and Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis."
# 8775 | 1,425 words | 2 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 03, 2003 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Literature (European (other))

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This paper discusses how two very different authors, Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka deal with the topic of death in two of their novels, "The Death of Ivan Ilych" and "The Metamorphosis," respectively. The two stories in this essay deal with death both metaphorically and realistically. According to this author, both of the main characters undergo a personal transformation once they are told that they are going to die. Even though one is poor and the other is surrounded with luxury and servants, their transformations are similar. Using the different metaphor from each of the stories to help the reader understand what Ivan and Gregor, the men are faced with when faced with their untimely demises are feeling and how they would have changed their lives if they had been able to do so.

From the Paper:

"Throughout history, death has remained for humans the mystery to which we are left to our own imaginations. Death has always been a common theme in literature, whether novels, short stories, poetry, or prose. Authors have approached this subject in their writings in a myriad of ways. Some have glorified death, others have demonized it as God's curse to mankind. Still others have dealt with death metaphorically, while others have portrayed death is a very realistic fashion. Human fascination with death is based simply on our curiosity of the unknown. It is also rooted, however, in the fact that death causes such a array of emotions, for the person dying as well as those whose lives have been touched or effected in some way by the death. Death conjures emotions ranging from one end of the scale to the other."

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