Therefore, death, the return of the soul to God, is, for Tolstoy, moral life.
Plot summary[ edit ] Ivan Ilyich lives a carefree life that is "most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible".
Then "some force" strikes Ivan in the chest and side, and he is brought into the presence of a bright light. In the middle of a sigh, Ivan stretches out and dies. The second half of the novel records his terror as he battles with the idea of his own death.
And when we say long, we mean forty-five years long. The problems of death and dying were beautifully summed up in the story. As those around him continue to pretend that he is only sick and not dying, Ivan feels that he is surrounded by artificiality.
That night Ivan dreams of a deep black sack. Though he does not think much of it at first, he begins to suffer from a pain in his side.
All else is false. After months of dwelling on his own anguish, he suddenly feels pity for the people he's leaving behind, and hopes his death will set them free. The novel tells the story of the death, at age 45, of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia.
Indeed, the introduction was more difficult to get through than the story itself. If he had not lived a good life, there could be a reason for his pain; but he has, so pain and death must be arbitrary and senseless.
Petersburg, Russia, the end of the 19th century. Twelve more days pass, and Ivan is no longer able to leave the sofa. A prominent citizen, he has married well, he has established contact with the influential members of his class and accumulated a vast list of superfluous achievements when death knocks on his door.
His wife finally insists that he visit a physician. When Ivan finally receives a good promotion and substantial salary increase, he seems happy. Like everyone he knows, he spends his life climbing the social ladder.
He imagines the black sack again, and the immense agony he experiences stems partly from his being thrust into the sack, and partly from not being able to get right into it. Leo Tolstoy’s tale of Ivan Ilyich begins with his death at age forty-five, which is reported by his law colleagues, who read about his demise in the newspaper.
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Essay Instructions: This research paper aims on analysis of Tolstoy's short novel 'The Death of Ivan Ilych'. In the paper, and it it quite important, could you try to make the connetion between ' Ivan 's story' and Tolstoy's troubled marriage(or/and through his life).
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Russian: Смерть Ивана Ильича, Smert' Ivána Ilyichá), first published inis a novella by Leo Tolstoy, considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late s. Summary: The opening chapter is a detailed dramatization of how the death of Ivan Ilych fails to affect his family and acquaintances.
By contrast, the story will eventually record how the death does affect Ivan. The Classical Library, This HTML edition copyright © Leo Tolstoy.
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