Teacher Guide

The Death of Ivan Ilych Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To understand the complexities of Tolstoy's views on morality, as seen through the character of Ivan Ilyich.

  2. 2

    To understand the role of setting - namely, Russian bourgeois society - in determining the course of the story.

  3. 3

    To grasp, analyze, and deconstruct Tolstoy's sophisticated use of irony.

  4. 4

    To understand and analyze the unconventional structure of this story.

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