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Leo Tolstoy born in Russia in 1828 wrote The Death of Ivan Ilych The story was written eight years after Tolstoys spiritual conversion and was inspired by his own brothers death The Death of Ivan Ilych has several ironies expressed in the story Ilych expressed his denial anger depression and acceptance towards dying very visiblyIlych expressed denial of his condition when he laughed about his accident Ilych was explaining to the upholsterer how he wanted the drapes to hand and he slipped off the ladder He hit his side against the knob of the window frame He told his wife it was only a bruise Since he was fairly athletic he said he did not get seriously hurt but if it had been any other man they might have been killed from the accident Within a short time Ilychs condition became more intense and it was decided that he needed a second opinion because he was not getting any better He thought the doctor did not know what he was doing but this was not the case He needed an excuse for his failing health His celebrated doctor diagnosed him basically with the same symptoms his first doctor had This did not make Ilych very happyIlych was expressing more and more anger because of hid declining health While in his home Ilych was always blaming Praskovya his wife for everything At the dinner table he complained about the food not being prepared correctly he did not like the way his daughters hair was styled and he even blamed her if their son put his elbows on the dinner table His wife suggested getting a famous specialist to come see him regardless of the cost Ilych said no She kissed his forehead and said Good-night Please God youll sleep As she kissed him Ilych hated her so much he wanted to push her away but did not On another occasion Ilych was angry with everyone about
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