Characters[ edit ] Ivan Ilyich Ilyich is a patronymichis surname is Golovin is a highly regarded official of the Court of Justicedescribed by Tolstoy as, "neither as cold and formal as his elder brother nor as wild as the younger, but was a happy mean between them—an intelligent, polished, lively, and agreeable man. She is characterized as self-absorbed and uninterested in her husband's struggles, unless they directly affect her. Gerasim is the Golovins' young butler. He takes on the role of sole comforter and caretaker during Ivan's illness.
Develop and organize arguments 5. Write the introduction 6. Write the body paragraphs 7. Write the conclusion 1. Now all you have to do is choose one. Do yourself a favor and pick a topic that interests you. If you are asked to come up with a topic by yourself, though, you might start to feel a little panicked.
Maybe you have too many ideas—or none at all. Take a deep breath and start by asking yourself these questions: Did a particular image, line, or scene linger in your mind for a long time?
If it fascinated you, chances are you can draw on it to write a fascinating essay. Confusing moments in a work of literature are like a loose thread in a sweater: Ask yourself why the author chose to write about that character or scene the way he or she did and you might tap into some important insights about the work as a whole.
Did you notice any patterns? Is there a phrase that the main character uses constantly or an image that repeats throughout the book? Did you notice any contradictions or ironies?
Great works of literature are complex; great literary essays recognize and explain those complexities. Maybe the main character acts one way around his family and a completely different way around his friends and associates.
The best questions invite critical debates and discussions, not just a rehashing of the summary. Finally, remember to keep the scope of your question in mind: Conversely, is this a topic big enough to fill the required length?
Frankenstein and his monster alike? Keep track of passages, symbols, images, or scenes that deal with your topic. These are the elements that you will analyze in your essay, and which you will offer as evidence to support your arguments. For more on the parts of literary works, see the Glossary of Literary Terms at the end of this section.
Elements of Story These are the whats of the work—what happens, where it happens, and to whom it happens. All of the events and actions of the work. The people who act and are acted upon in a literary work.
The main character of a work is known as the protagonist. The central tension in the work. When and where the work takes place.
Elements of setting include location, time period, time of day, weather, social atmosphere, and economic conditions.
The person telling the story.
The narrator may straightforwardly report what happens, convey the subjective opinions and perceptions of one or more characters, or provide commentary and opinion in his or her own voice.
The main ideas or messages of the work—usually abstract ideas about people, society, or life in general. A work may have many themes, which may be in tension with one another.Paul's Thorn in the Flesh: 1: It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2: I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such a one caught up to the third heaven. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 13th Edition.
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Website note! Honsik uses Wiesenthal's real name 'Szymon Wizenthal' throughout this document. I have changed a number of instances to the alias 'Simon Wiesenthal', just to accomodate the search engines. The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Russian: Смерть Ивана Ильича, Smert' Ivána Ilyichá), first published in , is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late s.
The Agonizing Death of Ivan Ilyich: Leo Tolstoy’s Analysis of Genuine Verses Artificial Realities. Leo Tolstoy, a man whose philosophy was rooted in ascetic principles, greatly feared death for the duration of .