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How does Ivan fit the definition of a tragic hero? How does Tolstoy change our expectations of the tragic hero? Is this story a modern tragedy? Write a post to address these questions.


Rakan Alhamyani Week 6COLLAPSEA major characteristic of a tragic hero in this week’s videos is death and own downfall. Ivan’s death and suffering occur due to his personal decisions and views about life. Ivan Ilych led a bad life because he was obsessed with money and had hypocritical relationships. His terminal illness—read as a sort of pancreatic cancer—thus serves as a metaphor for an upper-middle-class life that was “unhealthy” regarding emotions, relationships, and physical health. Death is the ultimate price he pays which also classifies him as a tragic hero. Ivan appears to make amends for his life by passing away. He discovers he wants to pass away right away—but not so much to end his pain as to relieve his family of it. His passing can be viewed as a compassionate act—possibly his first. Ivan appears to make amends for his life by passing away. He discovers he wants to pass away right away—but not so much to end his pain as to relieve his family of it. His passing can be viewed as a compassionate act—possibly his first.Technically, we all expect a tragic hero to come to peace with his actions during the downfall, but it’s not the case for Ivan. He finds it difficult to accept his fate, “Stop lying! You know, and I know that I am dying. Then at least stop lying about it!” (Tolstoy 41). The paradoxes and conflicts inherent throughout The Death of Ivan Ilych are finally resolved at the novel’s pivotal moment, the unchanging second when Ivan goes through the dark sack and into the light. Finally, the spiritual transcends the physical, and Ivan is reborn into the light. Ivan Ilych’s Death is unquestionably a modern-day tragic hero example. The protagonist of this tale is a middle-class official who enjoys playing bridge the most despite having a miserable marriage and superficial pals. Ivan’s death resulted from a fall he had while hanging drapes. Right there is unromanticized everyday life.Works CitedTolstoy, Leo, Robert N. Bain, and Leo Tolstoy. The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Lexington, KY: Tribeca Books, 2011. Print.

OLIVIERWeek 6 AssignmentCOLLAPSE            According to the video’s definition, a tragic hero must first be a person of noble status. Secondly, the character must have a fatal flaw, which is a personality trait that they have without being aware of it that is detrimental to them. Next, because of that fatal flaw, a tragic hero usually has a downfall that could be a loss of their noble status or death. Now what makes a hero a tragic hero is really the fact that their downfall isn’t completely their fault, as it is caused by their fatal flaw that they aren’t always aware of. Ivan fits the definition of a tragic hero. Even though he’s not a noble, he was a respected judge. His fatal flaw was that his “life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” His fatal flaw is that for his whole life he has been following what society said was the good things to do, and therefore, lived a life with no true freedom. This leads to his downfall which is death, where he realizes that he didn’t live his life the way he would’ve wanted.            Tolstoy changes our expectations of the tragic hero by making Ivan a character that doesn’t have the typical qualities of a traditional hero. He doesn’t do anything remarkably brave or dangerous. Instead of presenting us a warrior or king, Tolstoy shows us a man that has an internal battle with himself and his own morality. In the end, Ivan becomes a hero by realizing that love is the only thing that counts in the end is the people he loves and not all the material things he has acquired and accomplished in life. While dying, he realizes that his selfishness came in the way of making his family happy. This death is however one worthy of a tragic hero.            What makes Ivan a modern tragic hero is that he isn’t exactly a noble, but more of a common man. We can see that in his ambitions who aren’t as great of the ones of classical tragic hero. A classical tragic hero would have higher ambitions such as saving a kingdom or winning a war. In Ivan’s case, he just wants to achieve a high social status. Also contrary to classical tragedy, this one doesn’t talk about divine interventions.Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The Classical Library, This HTML edition copyright ©?2001. http://www.classicallibrary.org/tolstoy/ivan/12.ht…

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