The Death of Ivan Ilych is a late novella by Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, about a wealthy judge named Ivan Ilych who is dying from an accidental injury. The story presents Ivan Ilych's vexed mental state as he approaches death and has strong moral and religious themes, presenting a dichotomy between, on the one hand, his own life full of self-interest, superficiality and a fear of death, and, on the other hand, the life of a peasant, Gerasim, who is compassionate and does not fear death.

Summary of The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Below is a list of The Death of Ivan Ilych Cliff Notes and The Death of Ivan Ilych SparkNotes. Not looking for a The Death of Ivan Ilych summary? Search above for 5000 other chapter summaries, curated from popular sites like SparkNotes and Cliff Notes.

The Death of Ivan Ilych Chapter Summaries (Free)


Review: The most popular website for book notes. SparkNotes was created by students for students, and their summaries are accessible and extremely well-written. Besides the usual plot overview, chapter summaries, and character analysis, SparkNotes differentiates itself with a section discussing themes, motifs, and symbols.


Review: You won't get any frills with GradeSaver -- just the content you expect. Their study guides include a full plot summary, themes and character analysis, study questions, and the e-text of the book. One hidden gem is their collection of literature essays, but you'll have to pay for it.