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

The Bear

ALEXIS: In chapter 7, I was confused with the whole scene regarding Pierre taking part in tying a bear to a policeman. Any one have any thought or ideas on that?

Hey Alexis,

I am not 100% sure about the whole policeman and bear thing but I did find some interesting points. Firstly, on page 13, Pierre is referred to as a “bear”. Also, continued on page 13 the conversation between the old lady and Prince Vassily brings up the Imperial Guard and the futileness of protesting to the Emperor. So, maybe the discussion in chapter 7 is an abstract reference to the discourse occurring in page 13 and the pages that follow.

Hope this helps!

– Christina


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2 thoughts on “The Bear

  1. Yeah, I think you’re right. I wonder what the name “the bear” signifies though. Why would they call him a bear? There has to be something behind it…

    – Nelson

  2. Chrsitina,
    Thanks for your post! I went back and reread page 13 like you said and I understand what your saying which does clarify a bit; however like Nelson said Tolstoy had to have incorperated some sort of extended metaphor. Hopefully it will be clarified as we keep reading

    – Alexis

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