The Death of Ivan Ilyich
So I started reading this story and yes, you guessed it, Ivan dies. Tolstoy obviously wanted the reader to ‘get’ the story right off the bat so from the very beginning we can see that its going to be about money and power. On the very first page of the “The Death…” the true motives of Ivan’s colleagues are revealed. Omniscient narrator states, “…on hearing of Ivan Ilyich’s death, the first thought of each gentleman in the room was of the effect this death might have on the transfer or promotion of themselves of their friends.”(p.79) In fact, the only person who appears to have any conscience at all is Peter, or Pytor, Ivanovich. But even he is rather concerned with the effects of Ilyich’s death and the burden it is to deal with the proper burial of the dead. Ilyich’s own wife is more concerned with the financial aspects of his death than the fact that he is dead.