The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

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The Death of Ivan Ilych depicts a life of an ordinary citizen who struggle with destiny all his life trying to achieve better position in society. The story vividly portrays a close link between public opinion and personal relationships with Gerasim, it unveils low social values and false traditions dominated in the society.


Of course, the current may be understood in terms of routine, and within routines of various kinds, the current is felt without being explicitly noticed. The current is immanent to life; the individual is, in phenomenological language, "pre-predicatively" aware of the current of his being. We shall have cause to consider the relationship between the current and the significance of death, as that reality appears in Tolstoy's story. For the present, it is the current itself which calls for closer attention. A distinctive part of the difficulty in providing a clear characterization of the current of existence is simply that in ordinary daily life that current is hidden from consciousness. Tolstoy describes:
At school he had done things which had formerly seemed to him very horrid and made him feel disgusted with himself when he did them; but when later on he saw that such actions were done by people of good position and that they did not regard them as wrong, he was able not exactly to regard them as right, but to forget about them entirely or not be at all troubled at remembering then (Tolstoy)
Typically, in ordinary life, an individual is at the center of his perceptual universe. ...
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