The Death of Ivan Ilych

Why is the word "it" in italics? What does that have to do with Psychology of death?

In chapter 6.

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"It" is in italics to emphasize Ivan's preoccupation with death. "It" is death. The italics are meant to convey Ivan's feelings that "death" is a living thing, as it encroaches upon his thoughts and becomes his obsession.


The Death of Ivan Ilych

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