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This paper presents an overview and analysis of Leo Tolstoy's novel, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." First, the paper describes how people view death. Then, it recounts the basic plot of the novel. The various characters are described and with a focus is given to their reactions to Ivan's death. In particular, the paper notes Ivan's transformation from a self-absorbed man to one who accepted others and his own fate. Quotes from the novel are included in the paper to highlight salient points. The paper concludes by stating that because Ivan is dying, he stops thinking of himself and puts himself in the place of others.
From the Paper:"The consequence of such an attitude is the death of one's spiritual, moral and emotional life, even without one's knowledge (Kamm, 2003, 209). One chooses may neglect the spiritual, moral and emotional aspects of one's life because the things that one cannot explain, one leaves upon the shelf for another day. One gets wrapped up in the physical and mechanical world because one cannot control death but one can always control how one lives one's life (Verno, 2009). And it is easier to grasp only what is tangible and to attain what is material (Verno, 2009)."
"The irony of man's brilliance is that he prioritizes the superficial and takes for granted what is more important. Thus, happiness is shallow and self-centered (Verno, 2009). 'Happiness' is defined by one's own wealth and status and not what should really matter, such as building and cultivating relationships with others. One pushes such relationships aside because as fast as time flies, one may always feel that one will always have the time- later- to be compassionate and to show one's love to others ..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harder, W. (1990). Granny & Ivan: Katherine Anne Porter's Mirror for Tolstoy. Renascence, 42(3), 149-156.
- Hustis, H. (2000). 'Three Rooms Off': Death and the Reader in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych. LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, 11(3), 261.
- Kamm, F. (2003). Rescuing Ivan Ilych: How We Live and How We Die. Ethics, 113(2), 202.
- Tolstoy, Leo. (1886). E-book of The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Accessed online (October 9, 2009). http://manybooks.net/titles/tolstoylother08death_of_ivan_ilych.html
- Valente, L. (1991). Variations On The Kenotic Hero: Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych And Guimaraes Rosa's Augusto Matraga. Symposium, 45(2), 126-138.
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