Ivan is struggling he experiences a great deal of pain and goes to see numerous doctors. Every time Ivan goes to a doctor he is given a different diagnosis and he grows increasingly frusterated with himself. Everyone seems to be taking Ivan’s illness lightly to the point that his friends make fun of it. What I find most important is that the doctor’s treat Ivan just as he treats the petitioners that come before him in court (in a professional and detached manner). However, Ivan realizes that his illness is serious and he begins to understand that death is more than likely to occur. I think that Ivan realizes how money cannot save his life.