The Death of Ivan Ilych Study Guide

The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

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.

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