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


Tolstoy’s language is both scholarly and eloquent. He shows that his repeated encounters with death have not affected him in the long run. Instead of writing somberly, he writes objectively and keeps an open mind about his writing.

To have gone through so much loss and such a tumultuous childhood, Tolstoy is remarkably calm and collected.

Tolstoy’s two largest accomplishments, War and Peace and Anna Karenina are primarily focussed on something close to Tolstoy, royalty. Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, his family’s estate. The Tolstoy family was a prestigious, well-known family headed by Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy.

Again I note that it is strange that the many deaths he has experienced have not affected him. What are your thoughts on this?

– Nelson


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