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The Death of Ivan Ilych

on November 30, 2013

The death of Ivan Ilych written by Leo Tolstoy is the reaction of a man and his friends to his suffering of death. Ivan Ilych a respected lawyer and jurist is dead. His colleagues make all the right decisions however they cannot help wondering how his death impacts within their careers choice. Everyone who knows him has led a life of total disregard for the feelings and  suffering of others. The characters driving force is to follow the rules of their society.  The way society perceives Ivan is that he demonstrates a good life and strives for perfection. Looking back over Ilych ‘s life, they see that Ivan did all the right things, he was helpful and responsible   in various social and profession games. He portrayed the proper amount of seriousness until he realized the gnawing pain in his side was mortality. The way Ilych’s attitude toward his life was the same way towards his death. He struggled through all the stages of grief denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance towards his friends and loved ones and realized all he had ignored to get ahead in life. Later the only thing that Ilych was facing was death then she realizes the true meaning of life that he reflecting on. Even though he was a capable, he showed himself as a good natured and social man, though strict in the fulfillment of what he considered his duty and considered the duties of those in authority. Ilych demonstrated that a son of a successful man, who held many positions in many department s while trying to make his father proud in sprit.

“In addition to the speculations aroused in each man’s mind about the transfers and likely job changes this death might occasion, the very fact of the death of a close acquaintance evoked in them all the usual feeling of relief that it was someone else, not they, who had died.” (ch.1, p.37)

“Ivan Ilyich’s life had been most simple and commonplace – and most horrible.” (ch.2, p.49)

“Neither as a boy nor as an adult had he been a toady, but from his earliest youth he had been drawn to people of high standing in society as a moth is to light; he had adopted their manners and views of life and had established friendly relations with them.” (ch.2, p.50)

“As for the rest, he tried to find enjoyment in family life, and, if he succeeded, was very grateful; but if he met with resistance or querulousness, he immediately withdrew into his separate, entrenched world of work and found pleasure there.” (ch.2, p.58)

“In actuality, it was like the homes of al people who are not really rich but who want to look rich, and therefore end up looking like one another.” (ch.3, p.66)

“The pleasures Ivan Ilyich derived from his work were those of pride; the pleasures he derived from society those of vanity; but it was genuine pleasure that he derived from playing whist.” (ch.3, p.70)

“After supper his friends went home, leaving Ivan Ilyich alone with the knowledge that his life had been poisoned and was poisoning the lives of others, and that far from diminishing, that poison was penetrating deeper and deeper into his entire being.” (ch.4, p.83)

“It seemed inconceivable to him that all men invariably had been condemned to suffer this awful horror.” (ch.5, p.89)

“As she was kissing him, he hated her with every inch of his being, and he had to restrain himself from pushing her away.” (ch.5, p.91)

“He went to h is study, lay down, and once again was left alone with It. Face to face with It, unable to do anything with It. Simply look at It and grow numb with horror.” (ch.6, p.97)

“Nothing did so much to poison the last days of Ivan Ilyich’s life as this falseness in himself and in those around him.” (ch.7, p.105)

“He cried about his helplessness, about his terrible loneliness, about the cruelty of people, about the cruelty of God, about the absence of God.” (ch. 9, p.118)

“Perhaps I did not live as I should have, but how can that be when I did everything one is supposed to do?” (ch.9, p.120)

“But if that is the case, and I am taking leave of life with the awareness that I squandered all I was given and have no possibility of rectifying matters – what then?” (ch.11, p.127)

“He felt that he was in agony because he was being shoved into that black hole, but even more because he was unable to get right into it. What prevented him from getting into it was theelief that his life had been a good one. This justification of his life held him fast, kept him from moving forward, and caused him more agony than anything else.” (ch.12, p.131)

“One hand fell on the boy’s head. The boy grasped it, pressed it to his lips, and began to cry. At that very moment Ivan Ilyich fell through and saw a light, and it was revealed to him that his life had not been what it should have but that he could still rectify the situation.” (ch.12, p.132)

“He searched for his accustomed fear of death and could not find it. Where was death?  What death? There was no fear because there was no death. Instead of death there was light.” (ch.12, p.133)

“Death is over. There is no more death.” (ch.12, p.134)


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