The Death of Ivan Ilych

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The Death of Ivan Ilych is a short novel that depicts the struggle that Ivan Ilych goes through as he prepares to die. The story opens with the reader finding out that Ivan has passed away and transitions into his childhood and life leading up to the accident that would ultimately end his life. As Ivan realizes that he is not going to get better and he is dying he starts to resent his wife and daughter because they refuse to acknowledge that he is dying, they simply believe that he is sick and will get better in time. He forms a bond with one of his servants, Gerasim, who is the only one who willing to acknowledge that he is dying and give him the comfort and compassion that he is needing. As his illness progresses he dreams of a black sack and being forced into the sack, but cannot fall into the sack. He both wants to fall through, but fears it at the same time. After waking from this dream Ivan starts to question god as to why he is being tormented with this physical pain. A voice we assume is coming from his soul asks him what he is wanting and Ivan tells the voice that he wants to live and live pleasantly. Ivan then starts to reflect on his life and as he thinks about it he feels that his childhood was the only happy part of his life and no part of his adult life was every truly happy. He does not understand how so much suffering can happen to a person who has lived his life right. His physical pain becomes worse and his wife and doctor keep him heavily medicated so most of the day he is in a stupor. One day when he looks at Gerasim face he starts to wonder if he lived his life correctly and Ivan realizes that his life was not real at all and that his consciousness is causing the most torment. Ivan’s physical pain becomes so unbearable that he screams for three days and on his last day of life he is suddenly thrust through the dark sack and he see a…...

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