Tolstoy

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

Devil

I agree with Christina so far in regards to the title of the novel. I also believe that Eugene is going to be “dancing with the devil.” Tolstoy inserts a death into this story like in “The Death of Ivan Ilych” however; the difference is that this story does not focus on the death. I feel that later in the story Eugene is going to have to deal with the mess he has created with this lust and adultery he is involved with. This story was written in 1889 and I understand that the mindset at the time was that women were viewed as objects. Therefore, although i do not  agree with what Eugene and the watchmen treat/view women, it was the brutal reality of the time. Unfortunately, back then women’s only job was to cook, clean, and bear/take care of the children. Men only used them for their sexual pleasures. Throughout the story, I think as the reader we are going to encounter numerous consequences of sexual emotion.

– Alexis

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