The Death of Ivan Ilych | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David Patterson

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Critical Essay by David Patterson

SOURCE: Patterson, David. “The Life of Ivan Il'ich.” Thought 65, no. 257 (June 1990): 143-54.

In the following essay, Patterson maintains that “Ivan's difficulty lies not in saying yes to death but in distinguishing between life and death, that is, in perceiving the substance of spiritual life.”

In an article on Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Il'ich, Gary Jahn asserts that “there are, in fact, few stories whose intended meaning is so abundantly clear” (237). But, judging from the varied reaction to the tale, nothing could be so abundantly false. Indeed, Jahn's article itself represents a misunderstanding of the work. Mistakenly supposing that Tolstoy sets out first to frighten and then to reconcile the reader with death, Jahn's concern is whether...

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