Reat Books 2: Innovations, Inspirations

please only choose one question to answer.

ESSAY QUESTIONS ON LEO TOLSTOYaS THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH

1. Discuss the character development of Ivan Iliych in Tolstoyas story as he
progresses from his a?normala? life to the recognition of his authentic self, through
dying.

2. Discuss the depiction of the social setting in Tolstoyas story: is this story a
disguised social satire or a symbolic drama?

3. Analyse the position of women in Tolstoyas story. Why are women depicted as
negative and superficial, without any real interest in searching for the meaning
of life?

4. Tolstoyas ideas about art suggest that a?art should be socially uselfa? and improve
human soul in order to deal with the corruptive influence of society. How do you
interpret Tolstoyas idea: should art be socially useful?

5. Death and Dying in Tolstoyas Ivan Iliych. Discuss the meaning of life under the
shadow and the fear of death.