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Getz 1 Jacob Getz Professor Tackach November 28, 2011 Literature/ Philosophy Leo Tolstoy’s, “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and the Examination of Ivan Ilych’s Unexamined Life One of Socrates’ most famous and memorable quotes is, “the life which is unexamined is not worth living.” The above quote explains that if one examines his own life, then he will get to choose his destination and set his own goals. He gets to determine his own path and decide how long it will take; while also deciding whether or not he may be on the right path. Socrates believed firmly in this theory and lived by it each day; however, many, for example Ivan Ilych, needed a personal crisis to happen before he would even begin to self-examine his own life. In the story, The Death of Ivan Ilych , Leo Tolstoy expresses Ivan Ilych to be a man who lived his life the ‘right way’ because he felt like he had to. Ivan Ilych was a simple man who lived a simple life; however, he was controlled by greed and the want for more. He had no intention of getting married; however, he decided that since he met a woman who was pretty and had money to also support her, it would be the right thing to do. Ultimately, Ivan married his wife Praskovy and lived happily together until she became pregnant. Ivan began to realize that he did not enjoy the company of his family or being at home, so he began developing his time and life around work. His goal was to achieve the highest-level promotion as possible and earn as much money as he could.
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