He caresses his head with his hand. This novella is a representative work of Russian Realism. He refuses to help his friend’s widow when she is in need. Find a summary of this and each chapter of The Death of Ivan Ilych! Want to get the main points of The Death Of Ivan Ilych in 20 minutes or less? Seventeen years have passed since the end of the previous chapter. The smaller level is a more concrete representation of life. He feels some force striking him on the chest and left side. Cloudflare Ray ID: 61e03a386f22bdd2 You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. Iván Ilych had been terminally ill for some time. He is the person who irritates Ivan in his office by his jokes and good-humor during his days of illness. He even thinks that God is nowhere, and his pain worsens. If seen from a critical eye, he is a stereotype. It also portrays the ills brought with this change. He doesn’t pay much attention to what Ilych asks and instead focuses on what he says. In the new town, he found friends of the highest social class and engaged in spending time with them. Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. He was educated in law, and his success was middling between the younger and elder brother. He lost his parents in early childhood. He comes home and finds him arrived while his wife is out shopping. He rearranges the setting of furniture at home, and this makes his wife quarrel with him. It covers the collective life of society and the eventual death using an individual reflecting the traits of common people in society. It carries here the denotative meanings of immortality, resurrection, and resilience in this novella. After the tests, he tells of taking care of certain things and doesn’t tell him about the severity of the illness. Fedor comes and proposes marriage to his daughter. It shows the cost of promotion from one class to another and shows what one has to lose to move from one social class to another. He then examines him; he knows that it is useless and is pure pretense. He tells his wife about this good news, and she is delighted to hear it. People around him are wary of his unpleasantries, sickness, and death. He had thought his condition would get better after getting married, but it worsened. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. He contacts Zachar Ivanovich and is given a lavish-paying job at the Department of justice. His other masterpieces are Anna Karenina, War, and Peace, which have attracted much readership. He kept continuing his job and thus continued for seventeen years. Ilych wants to tell everyone that the problem is not with illness; rather, it is the question of life and death that worries him. _____ Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (New York: Bantam Books, 1981), 37. He helps him change his clothes and helps him wash. He goes to the doctor and finds him haughtier than himself. His wife is of the view that he is improving while her brother tells her that he is looking like a dead man. It is an undeniable reality, and there is nothing to be done to it except acceptance. He is in pain and can see his body is waning. This is the polar opposite of the morality that underlies what American law students, or Russian lawyers like Ivan Ilych, consider to be law. He leaves his friend when he is in need. Then comes to his wife and daughter and tells them that his case is serious, and the only thing left to do is to administer him opium. His life is mediocre, and we come to know it from the narrator, who assertively tells about the horrible experience he goes through. He comes home and is in doubt whether he is in a critical situation or this is something normal. He is a clean, pleasant person. He looks at life from a new perspective and clearly notices his family’s artificiality and falseness towards him. There are few while the rest that he thought pleasant are mere deceptions. It is his third month of illness, and everyone thinks about him to vacate his place. Her personality is shallow, and she is concerned with acceptance, and her motive is improving her status. His role is mere as an appendage to Lisa. Suffering is a motif which is shown constantly throughout the novella. His wife returns from theatre and wants to sit with him intending to send Gerasim away from the room. He fails to grasp the fact that he is mortal and engages in materialistic affairs thoughtlessly. In this novella, Tolstoy questions the then widespread orthodox religious beliefs and preaches a more moderate view. He, like Peter, prefers promotion to friends. He is Ivan’s servant and, in contrast to Gerasim, is a false, deceitful person. For every situation, there is a mask, and they change it constantly. Peter tells her that he can’t help her because he doesn’t have an approach to the offices. He can’t grasp the idea of death on the individual level. In the dream, he sees himself and his pain being pushed to a narrow black sack. He tells Ilych that after reforms, his friends are given authoritative jobs at the ministry of justice. He suffers during his first job and then his second job as well. Ivan is the protagonist of the novella and is shown suffering throughout the novella. Ilych is in terrible condition and looks in pity at Gerasim, whose life has been discomforted by his illness. He thinks that he would be able to utilize his reservoir of strength if anyone of his colleagues visits him. For its portrayal of high-class Russian life, this novel can be named as one of the masterpieces of realist literature. The story of Ivan Ilyich’s death is one of suffering, misery, and gradual decline. He has grown friendly to Gerasim, and they talk for a long when he is in Ilych’s room. Doctors are used symbolically for the author’s disdain for modern science and technology, which is of no use to human beings. She is her parents’ elder daughter and of marriageable age. The novella opens in a Russian law court where a person named Peter Ivanovich brings the news of the death of Ivan Ilych. It tells that death is not an end, rather it’s a beginning of a new life. This novella shows all the people in society who are driven by materialistic desires and ruining human relationships. Thus isolation is both misery and blessing in his life. He is much weaker and now can’t even move from his bed. Religion is not given a place in the foreground in. He then comes to realize that this isolation will help him meditate about his life, and as a result, he is blessed with redemption. He comes to know that during his professional career, his life was driven by greed, acquisitiveness, and disappointment. He clearly sees that there is falseness that covers him from all sides, and he tries to get rid of it. In the end comes his illness, which is unmatched suffering in his life and takes him with it. Gerasim is a source of relief to him, and his health helps him soothe. Sufferings can only be avoided in life if they are intentionally imposed on oneself. His wife comes to his room to bring him the good news. He finds a relationship between his life and illness. The ending is suggested in his vision when he sees the light at the end of the narrow, black sack. He, like other human beings, has felt as if he is a special person, but this myth is shattered when he suffers. He thinks about how his job will help him respite from his suffering. This is an analysis of Leo Tolstoy's novella "the Death of Ivan Ilyich" He feels if his pain is pushing him towards death with its best effort. Ivan’s wife asks him to come outside before the funeral service starts.