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Unformatted text preview: death of ivan ilych 14/03/2008 10:04:00 ← 1/16 ← The Death of Ivan Ilych- 1886 ← First reaction • how does this affect me? • Promotions • Wife wants a larger pension • Feeling of gratitude between friends because they are still alive • People feel obligated to attend the viewing of his body. Inconvenience because interferes with their card game • Heightened sense of being alive- thank goodness its him dead and not me- except servant who realizes that everyone will eventually die ← Ivan • Born into upper middle class family • Does well in school, goes to take bar exam • His image to do the right thing is determined by what everyone does- not thinking for himself about moral obligations • Enjoys power to control other people in his work- not cruel or overbearing- likes the idea of having power but does not use it • Marries because it ok with his peers- attitude is that she is fine, average o Marriage is not as good as he thought it would be o He just wanted someone to maintain his home, cook, etc but she begins to be upset/argue with him • Hardest year of his life- does not get the promotion, has a low salary • Eventually gets promotion- now makes a great salary, able to furnish his house the way he pleases • illness and projectory towards death begins when he is hanging a curtain and gets hit in the side • has to go to see doctors and he is not in the position his employees had been- doctors have power and he does not • has closest relationship with his servant- grassam • what makes his death so terrible? o Loss of power o Denial by others (say he is fine/going to get better) deception o Medical uncertainty (diagnosis isn’t concrete) o Begins to question his values and life- tries to make sense of his life… he can’t find any true meaning to it o Feels alone- rest of family going about their lives, daughter just got engaged o Can’t even enjoy simple pleasures of life ay longer- playing cards o Lack of sympathy- wishes somebody would pit him o Fixation on death- has to think about it all the time • Thinks that since he has lived the way other people have, there is nothing wrong with his life • At the end says that he just wants to live the relaxed life he once had- best part of life was his childhood- life was simple, did not have to worry about his job, what his house looked like • At the end has a moment of realization and begins to think about others- his son/ wife. Instead of simply himself. Thinks that he was a burden and now wants to relive them of his burden. Final feeling of acceptancewants to relive them of his burden....
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