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

Its all about the money, money, money…

More examples of Ivan’s greed:

“…he gave way to sensuality and to vanity…” pg. 8

Ivan went to Petersburg to “revenge himself on them… who had not known how to appreciate him.” pg.94

Ivan’s house was “all just what is commonly seen of the houses of people who are not exactly wealthy but want to look like wealthy people…” pg.97

He is so shallow that he “insisted on getting everything from an expensive pastry cook…” pg.99

“His official pleasures lay in the gratification of his pride, his social pleasures lay in the gratification of his vanity.” pg.99

I don’t like him at all. lol.

– Christina


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2 thoughts on “Its all about the money, money, money…

  1. I agree that Ivan is filled with greed. I just think we also have to examine what let him to be like this. Ivan becomes obsessed with the lifestyle that people belonging to the upper class live with. He begins to act as one in his position should act. He does things for all the wrong reasons. For example, Ivan marries his wife just because someone in his social class should have a wife. Another example is that Ivan buys an expensive house and furnishes it with expensive furniture and all just because again someone in his class should have these materials as a so called status symbol. Ivan has no real connection in his life because as we know “money cannot buy love or compassion.” Therefore, I think that Ivan is subconsciously acting greedily. If he was aware of everything he was doing he would understand how absurd it all really is.


  2. I agree with you Alexis, but i doubt he would realize how “absurd” he was really being. Ivan does not seem like the person to be very remorseful of his actions if you know what I mean.

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