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The Death of Ivan Ilych Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilyich was published in 1886; it is one of Tolstoy's later works and is widely considered a masterpiece of the short story form.

Ten years prior, in the late 1870s, Tolstoy underwent what he called a "conversion" - from the faith-driven religiosity of the Russian Orthodox Church to a more rational, moralistic, egalitarian spirituality. In his 1879 essay A Confession, he posed a question that would drive his writing for the rest of his life: "Is there a meaning in my life that will not be annihilated by the death that inevitably awaits me?" (It is worth noting that A Confession was censored by the Russian authorities, though it became popular in underground circles...

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