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Cancer Ward The Old Doctor In this chapter Ludmila goes to visit her former mentor Dr Oreshchenkov He lives in a nice home and it is filled with things of the past and who he is Ludmila has realized that she has cancer However she is not willing to except her own intuition and goes to Oreshchenkov to be sure and even to be told that its nothing serious While she is there she has a small sense of release and calm Later the two of them get in to a discussion over the need for the family- doctor These scenes have deeper meaning than just the literal sense This chapter can be interpreted by using Dantes Four Levels of Interpretation The first level of interpretation is the literal This level focuses on what literally happened in the story The second level of interpretation is the allegorical This level is concerned with the meaning hidden beneath the words in the literal sense It tells of the nature of man and what we do in certain situations The third level is the moral level It is the message behind the story This level teaches us a lesson that we should use in our lives The fourth and final level is the anagogical level This is the level that is the sense beyond It is not only literally true but shows a truth of greater glory and truth of the spirit Dante used the example in the departure of the people of Israel from Egypt Judea was made holy and free 7 For even though the literal truth of this passage is clear what it means spiritually is no less true that in the departure of the soul from sin it is made holy and free 8 The doctor lives in a better-than-average home in a nice neighborhood It is full of things from
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