The Death of Ivan Ilych
by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Space and Time Running Amok
So what's up with Tolstoy starting the story with Ivan's funeral? If you think about it, that's only one respect in which the pacing of this novella is strange. We start the story after the main ch...
The Black Sack
That mysterious long, narrow, deep black sack makes two appearances in the novella. The first time it shows up is right after Ivan's been given some opium in Chapter 9. While in the opium haze he f...