Ivan's first visit to the doctor instantly reveals the narrator's uncharitable attitude towards the profession the doctor comes across as arrogant, filled with his own importance he also dehumanizes ivan, making just another case out of him, just like all the others the comparison to the law courts ties a damning link between. These two stories are similar in terms of theme, main character, and, not least importantly, tone the metamorphosis begins with a fantasy event – the changing of a man into a giant bug - while the death of ivan ilyichsticks to realism, with the depiction of its main character slowly succumbing to a terminal illness rather than. Comparing mitch albom's tuesdays with morrie and leo tolstoy's the death of ivan ilych - love and death in mitch albom's tuesdays with morrie and leo tolstoy's the emma bovary and ivan ilych: evidence of psychoanalysis thirty years before freud - sigmund freud, the founder of modern day psychology and.
The death of ivan ilych was the first significant work of literature tolstoy produced after his conversion it's a forceful yet a closer look reveals that the similarities between the death of ivan ilych and a christmas carol freud himself often pointed out that the analysis of artistic values is not within the scope of the. Ivan ilych's death was like gregor's metamorphosis in that, they were both powerful introductions to the stories in both stories the character's gregor and ivan ilych are introduced in a state in which it wouldn't be possible to know their character. Tolstoy's novella the death of ivan ilych is used to compare psychological defense mechanisms with cognitive distortions defense mechanisms were first proposed by freud (1894/1962) as the means by which the ego defended itself against unacceptable impulses (ie, sexual or aggressive drives.
Freud thought we were all unconsciously convinced of our own immortality it is therefore fitting that victor brombert opens musing on mortality with a reading of tolstoy's little masterpiece the death of ivan ilyich (made newly available by liveright in a superb translation by the late peter conrad.
Editors' note: for an introduction to our commending the classics series in the death of ivan ilych, you can the first and second installments from leland ryken this week, ryken suggests reading chapters 5-12 while chapter 4 has already portrayed the onset of ivan's serious illness, the new.