25th century Essay Topics

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Ivan Ilych, from Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych, is “the most simple and most ordinary” (Tolstoy 2441) person. Although a simple life is generally considered a virtue, Ivan’s life is simple in the wrong way. Ivan led a self-centered, materialistic, and shallow life, with little care for genuine human relationships. He conformed to the… View Article