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

Shift in Focus

Seeing as you guys have found quite a bit on Tolstoy already, I figured I would be brief on his information and focus on some of the short stories we should supplement our new book with.

So Tolstoy was born into a noble family and lost his parents at a young age. By the time he was an adult his family’s fortune was lacking. He was obviously successful reagardless. Besides the fame he received for his two longest novels, “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”, (Sorry I don’t know how to italicize using this thing) he became well known as a teacher of both morals and religion. It is said that Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi acquired some of their inspiration for nonviolence from him.

Anyways, some of his short stories include “There Are No Guilty People”, “How Much Land Does A Man Need?”, and “A Spark Neglected Burns The House”, all of which sound like they would be great reads. Maybe I am judging a story by its title but they seem as if they could be inspiring for a research paper. Let me know what you guys think.

– Christina


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2 thoughts on “Shift in Focus

  1. I realized that we kept having a tendency to talk about Tolstoy’s past and family, so I created an About the Author page that can gather all the information together.

    – Nelson

  2. Although it is kind of ignorant to judge by the title, you are right. They do sound like great reads. I’ve asked around and apparently The Death of Ivan Ilyich is supposed to be a great great read. I mean I know we did not read much of War and Peace but from what I read Tolstoy sounds like an entertaining writer. War and Peace is just, definitely, a very lengthy elaborate read. I am actually quite excited to start on the new novel and on the short stories.

    – Nelson

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