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In The Death of Ivan Ilych Tolstoy depicts a man who though lives a successful life dies regretting the past Ivan Ilych a good-natured social man lives with the mind set that he must always impress the masses rather than do what would result in lasting happiness From childhood to marriage he did everything that he thought was comme il faut - proper and necessary While Ivan was showing an upholsterer how he wanted some drapes hung he fell and hit his side The fall from the ladder was an event that plunged him in to a terminal illness and left him on his deathbed This fall also ignited a process of self-recognition and eventually a rebirth on a metaphysical level At his death Ivan Ilych finally realizes that his concern with propriety coupled with his obsession over decorum ruins his family life professional life and social life Ivan Ilych was so infatuated with propriety that he married because his social circle approved of the match and was considered the right thing by the most highly placed of his associates 481 Praskova Fedorovna Mikhels most attractive feature was that she was within the lines of propriety At first the marriage just as Ivan had expected didnt hurt his pleasure-seeking life Then the relationship quickly began to fade Ivan soon fell into a depression and his wife treated his illness as a burden Praskova also obsessing over social status was falsely concerned with Ivans condition merely because it was the attitude she was to take in such a situation Ivans family dominated by appropriateness never had the chance to develop the relationships it needed Ivan pursued his legal career with devotion and didnt allow his family life to interfere with his law work His career grew steadily for he was solely concerned with his advancement in position Ivan realized that a life totally separate from his family life would be necessary to fulfill the goals he
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