If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To understand the complexities of Tolstoy's views on morality, as seen through the character of Ivan Ilyich.
To understand the role of setting - namely, Russian bourgeois society - in determining the course of the story.
To grasp, analyze, and deconstruct Tolstoy's sophisticated use of irony.
To understand and analyze the unconventional structure of this story.