Analysis of Leo Tolstoy and his work, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Broke the Ice

Alright so the first few pages of this book are already packed with a ton of information. I have to admit, it is pretty difficult to follow seeing as Anna Pavlobna Scherer (a.k.a. Annette Scherer), Prince Vassily, Abbe Morio, Baron Funke, the Empress Marya Fyodorovna, Ippolit, Anatole, Princess Bolkonsky, Prince Bolkonsky, and Liza Meinen are all characters introduced in literally the first six pages. Figuring out who is who and who does what is a complicated thing to attempt. (Luckily, on page XXXV, there is a character list with brief -very brief- explanations of the characters.)

Anyways, so the plot opens up in Russia, and from research (back of the book), it is during the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The story follows the lives of five different families (who are kindly separated in that character list I mentioned earlier).

Thats all I have to say for now, let me know when you guys decipher more of the book.

– Christina


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