The Question and Answer section for The Death of Ivan Ilych is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Check out his character at the link below:
Ivan's life was ordinary in that he was the son of a bureaucrat, he studied law, he admired those of high station and desired to be like them. Ivan went to work, got married, went to job interviews, suffered disappointments and enjoyed moving up...
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