From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych

  

by Leo Tolstoy

The Celebrated Specialist

Character Analysis

The celebrated specialist is called in one morning (about a month before Ivan's death) by Praskovya Fedorovna to examine Ivan and hold a consultation with Michael Danilovich, Ivan's regular doctor. Just like all the other doctors, he spews unhelpful but complicated things about Ivan's kidneys and appendix. It's unclear if he actually reaches any new conclusion, but whatever he gives to Ivan to get better, it doesn't work. He does tell Ivan that he still has a chance of getting better, an assessment that provides Ivan with a short-lived hope that he might live after all.

Advertisement