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Emma Bovary And Ivan Ilych: Evidence Of Psychoanalysis Thirty Years Before Freud - Sigmund Freud, the founder of modern day psychology and psychoanalysis, described human consciousness as the combination of three elements, id, ego and superego. The id is what controls our personal desires, the superego controls our ideas about where we fit in society and the ego is in between these two elements balancing their effects to help us make rational decisions. Despite the fact that these theories were developed well after Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary or Tolstoy wrote The Death of Ivan Ilych the main characters of each (Emma and Ivan) both represent people who have become dominated by one aspect of their subconscious....   [tags: Flaubert Tolstoy Analysis] 2008 words
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Attending a Reading by Leon Dash - Rosa Lee and Leon Dash The Reading Brown Series hosted a reading by Leon Dash at the YMCA. Professor Dash was born in 1944 in Massachusetts, but he grew up in the Bronx of New York. He worked as a writer from 1966-1968 for the Washington Post. He was also in the Peace Corp shortly after traveling throughout Africa. He later went back to the Washington Post and has since done studies on various things. I had a hard time trying to find out exactly where the reading was going to take place as I walked around the YMCA....   [tags: Rosa Lee Leon Dash] 1427 words
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Leon Garfield's Novel Smith - How Does Leon Garfield structure the novel ‘Smith’ to keep the reader interested. Leon Garfield uses cliffhangers and other techniques to draw the reader into the world that Smith lives in. I am going to explain how the author uses a variety of emotions and moods. As well as that, I am going to discuss how the author links social history with the plot. Then, I am going to clarify how well the ending resolves the readers’ questions. Finally, I am going to expose how the author uses elements of style to his advantage....   [tags: Leon Garfield Novel Smith] 695 words
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Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy - 1) a. By having Pozdnischeff tell his story to someone else, Tolstoy allows the reader to interpret the information for themselves. If the story was told as a first person narrative, the reader would not have had the comparison of values between Pozdnischeff and the other people on the train. b. Tolstoy describes many aspects of the people on the train. He seems to emphasize on their faces and their reactions to the statments spoken by each other character. He does this so that the reader may get a clear representation of who the person is both internally and externally....   [tags: Tolstoy Kreutzer Sonata] 1047 words
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Tolstoy's War and Peace - Tolstoy's War and Peace Summary War and Peace tells the story of the Rostovs, an upper-class family in Russia, and several people associated with them. It follows the characters through fifteen years during the Napoleonic Wars, from 1805 to 1820. It gives a fictional description of the events in the life of the Rostov family as well as some of the historical events of the time. Analysis Tolstoy is regarded by some as the greatest writer about war (Bayley 16). He includes details in the military scenes of War and Peace....   [tags: Tolstoy War Peace Essays]
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Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy - Despite Tolstoy’s intentions of ultimately turning “Family Happiness” into a novel, an intention which one would expect would render any temporary stopping place awkward and convey the wrong idea, the ending of the story is not actually as disjointed or raw as one would perhaps expect of an unfinished work. There is ample suggestion from the beginning of Sergey Mikhaylych and Masha’s relationship that the two lovers do not fully understand each other or themselves, and set expectations for their marriage based on these misunderstandings so that neither character’s expectations can possibly be met....   [tags: Family Happiness, Leo Tolstoy] 1569 words
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War and Peace and Tolstoy's View of History - War and Peace and Tolstoy's View of History       Count Lev Tolstoy wrote abundantly on the philosophical issues that he felt were universally important.  One of the most prolific examples of this is his view of history.  This is set out most clearly and most famously in his largest work, War and Peace.  As Tolstoy claimed himself in a public statement on the work, 'War and Peace is what the author wanted and was able to express in that form in which it was expressed.'  Not only do the themes and incidents in the novel reflect his theory of history, Tolstoy iterates this in less narrative terms in the twelve chapters of the Second Epilogue, described as, 'A general discussion on the histo...   [tags: Tolstoy War and Peace Essays]
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a novel about love and marriage among the Russian aristocracy in the 1870s. Anna is young, beautiful woman married to a powerful government minister, Karenin. She falls in love with the elegant Count Vronsky and after becoming pregnant by him, leaves her husband Karenin and her son Seryozha to live with her lover. Despite the intervention of friends such as her brother Oblonsky, an adulterer himself, she is unable to obtain a divorce, and lives isolated from the society that once glorified her....   [tags: Tolstoy Anna Karenina Russian Literature] 1560 words
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The Characters of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina - The Characters of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina       By examining the character list, one immediately notices the value Tolstoy places on character.  With one hundred and forty named characters and several other unnamed characters,  Tolstoy places his central focus in Anna Karenina on the characters. He uses their actions and behavior to develop the plot and exemplify the major themes of the novel.  Tolstoy wishes to examine life as it really is.  Tolstoy gives us a lifelike representation in Anna Karenina by creating  characters, both major and minor, that contribute to the sense of realism....   [tags: Tolstoy Anna Karenina Essays]
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The Broken Spears by Miguel Leon-Portilla - "The Broken Spears" by Miguel Leon-Portilla The author argues that the Spanish were completely at fault for the total destruction of the Aztec Empire. In Broken spears, the author explains how many factors other than Spanish power contributed to the downfall of the Aztecs. Not only did the Spanish have many advantages over the Aztecs, but also they also exploited them and took advantage of the cultural difference. The main key aspects to the Spanish victory, is that the Spanish were viewed as gods at first because of their appearance, the Aztecs welcomed the Spanish with gifts and festivities, which showed the Spanish had total control of people....   [tags: Aztecs Broken Spears Miguel Leon-Portilla Essays] 856 words
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Tolstoy's Anna Karenina - Tolstoy's Anna Karenina By examining the character list, one immediately notices the value Tolstoy places on character. With one hundred and forty named characters and several other unnamed characters, Tolstoy places his central focus in Anna Karenina on the characters. He uses their actions and behavior to develop the plot and exemplify the major themes of the novel. In contrast to Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Tolstoy wishes to examine life as it really is. Both novels have relationships and adultery as a central theme....   [tags: Anna Karenina Tolstoy] 1653 words
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Tolstoy's Anna Karenina - Tolstoy's Anna Karenina The world of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is a world ruled by chance. From the very opening chapters, where a watchman is accidentally run over by a train at Moscow's Petersburg station, to the final, climactic scenes of arbitrary destruction when Levin searches for Kitty in a forest beset by lightning, characters are brought together and forced into action against their will by coincidence and, sometimes, misfortune. That Anna and Vronsky ever meet and begin the fateful affair that becomes the centerpiece of the novel is itself a consequence of a long chain of unrelated events: culminating Anna's sharing a berth with Vronsky's mother on her way to reconcile D...   [tags: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina] 3028 words
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Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Death of Ivan Ilych 1. Characterize the following individuals           Peter Ivanovich           Gerasim           Proskovya Fedorovna           Vasya Indicate, as well, the ways, in which these individuals help or hinder Ivan Ilych’s spiritual growth. 2. How do (a) the stories associated with the Baal Shem Tov and (b) the biblical tale of Elisha in Damascus illustrate the spiritual journey undertaken by Ivan Ilych. 1. Peter Ivanovich (known from now on as PI) was Ivan’s dearest friend. PI and Ivan have known each other all their lives yet at Ivan’s funeral PI shows no deep remorse....   [tags: The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy] 904 words
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The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy - In life we often think about death and what our life has become. We never suspect that we will become ill and die, and we very rarely agonize over weather our life is what it should be until its too late, as demonstrated in Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych." Throughout Tolstoy's life he was religious and enjoyed life, but then as he reached the height of his fame and fourteen he began to question everything he had once believed in. Some people think that "The Death of Ivan Ilych" holds a lot of symbolism between the story and Tolstoy's life....   [tags: Ivan Ilych Death Dying Leo Tolstoy Essays] 1202 words
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Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich I related readily with Ivan Ilyich, the main character in Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich. There was a time when I myself lived my life without regard to the spirituality of life. I, however, was very lucky in that it did not take death looming over my head to realize this. Maybe the fact that my bout of depression’s onset happened sooner in life allowed me to see it sooner. Eric Simpson put it best as “We all die, like Ilyich, and if we only live to live, to create and carve our own meaning into the universe, then life itself becomes ultimately meaningless and painfully insignificant.” The key point here is the “painfully insignific...   [tags: Leo Tolstoy Death Ivan Ilyich Essays]
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The Christain Theme of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich - The Christain Theme of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich       Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich attacks the pursuit of material possessions.  The Ilyich family bases itself upon the unsure foundation of wealth.  As Ivan ascends the rungs of the corporate ladder, he acquires new possessions and articles.  After joining the Civil Service, Ivan buys "new fashionable belongings" at the "very best shops" to keep up appearances (100).  For his wedding to Fiorodovna, Ivan buys "new furniture, new crockery, new linen[s]" to be proper or comme il faut.  He tries in vain to keep up "appearances as ordained by public opinion" (116).  None of these niceties are needed: Ivan buys them purely for t...   [tags: Tolstoy Death Ivan Ilych Essays]
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Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina - Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina Gustave Flaubert wrote in Madame Bovary that “someone’s death always causes a kind of stupefaction; so difficult it is to grasp this advent of nothingness and to resign ourselves to the fact that it has actually taken place” (258). Greater still is the stupefaction when the death is suicide, when the advent of nothing has been self-initiated. For the reader of both Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, the literary suicides of the novels’ heroines produce an effect similar to stupor, a pause that is required to accept the reality of death, even within the constructed world of fiction....   [tags: Madame bovary Karenina Tolstoy Stupor]
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The First Chapter of Leo Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilyich - The First Chapter of Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich Poor Ivan Ilych is plagued by not one, but two diseases. While his "floating kidney" ends his life, it is a temporal disease - which is actually healed as his kidney disease progresses - that ruins his life. Ivan spends his life in a small temporal space - he managed to "dismiss his past" (51) and instead spend his life focused on his physical trappings and social standing. In his writing Tolstoy made a large effort to fight this condition, "the prejudice of ....   [tags: Tolstoy Death Ivan Ilych Essays] 2352 words
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The Role of Women in Society According to Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and Leo Tolstoy - The Role of Women in Society According to Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and Leo Tolstoy I am beautiful and mysterious. I take joy in the simple pleasures of life. I have no desires higher than appearance and beauty. I am intelligent, but there is no need for me to show my intellect. In fact, showing my intellect would ruin me; it would diminish my sexual desires and defy my beauty. My intelligence would destroy my desirability. I am filled with fear. It is this fear that defines my womanhood; this fear helps me fulfill my womanly role....   [tags: Feminism Roles Society Camus Tolstoy Essays] 1390 words
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A Film Analysis of Leon: The Professional - This is a movie about a professional killer, or "Cleaner", named Léon played by Jean Reno, and his unlikely interaction with a 12-year old girl, Mathilda played by Natalie Portman. Mathilda's family is murdered by corrupt Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) lead by Agent Stansfield played by Gary Oldman. Agent Stansfield, is portrayed as a drug addict, mentally unstable and an overtly violent and corrupt law enforcement team leader. This movie follows the relationship of the two main characters from the time Léon saves Mathilda's life against his better judgment....   [tags: killer, morals, relationships]
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The Life and Success of Leon Trotsky - For three centuries prior to the 1917 revolution, Russians lived in a state of dissatisfaction and dissent under the autocratic rule of the Romanov Tzars. Being an autocracy, there was no parliament to stand for the desires of the Russian people, ministers were rarely elected because of any sort of competency, and any sort of public dissent was quickly quelled by the Okhrana, the Russian secret police at the time. Russia was falling behind the rest of the world when it came to industrialisation and modernisation....   [tags: revolution, marxism, Russia] 1368 words
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Leon and Snowball Comparison - George Orwell, writer of the book Animal Farm captures important aspects of the Russian Revolution and portrays them in a humorous and more understandable way. Each animal represents an important person or event that happened during this time. Snowball is a pig that lives on Mr. Jones farm who is enthralled at the idea of a Revolution and one of the main animals to help get it going. The inspiration for his character was from important revolutionist, Leon Trotsky. Snowball was modeled after him, showing most of his character trails and interest....   [tags: Trotsky, Animalism, Marxism]
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Assasination of Leon Trotsky - ... He then escaped prison, obtained a forged passport and changed his name to Leon Trotsky. He then moved to London, England where he joined with Lenin and his group of Russian Social Democrats. He began working on a revolutionary newspaper called Iskra. That same year, he met a woman named Natalia Sedova. They married and had two sons together. Later, while Russia was in the middle of a revolution, Trotsky escaped into the capital of Russia and became a spokesperson for the city workers. About a year later, Trotsky and the other council members were arrested and sentenced to deportation and escaped to Serbia....   [tags: power struggle in Russia]
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Leo Tolstoy, author of Anna Karenina, was born in 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana. He was born into a wealthy Russian family. Tolstoy’s mother passed away when he was two years old and his father was murdered when he was nine. Due to being orphaned at such a young age, Tolstoy was very familiar with the concept of death and he makes this evident throughout all of his great works. Specifically in Anna Karenina, he symbolizes the power of death and mortality through Anna. Tolstoy was unsatisfied with his education and lacked interest in academics....   [tags: writer, russia, death] 614 words
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Tolstoy's "What Is Art?" - Leo Tolstoy compares art to speech by mentioning that art is a form of communication. The communication that Tolstoy writes about in “What Is Art?” is of two types, good and bad. According to Tolstoy, good art is what carries humanity towards perfection (Tolstoy 383). It is this movement forward in humanity that is emphasized by Tolstoy. Tolstoy informs his readers that speech is what teaches knowledge from human history, but art is what teaches the emotions of mankind’s past. As knowledge becomes obsolete in society it is replaced by new and more relevant information....   [tags: Art]
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Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy - ... Andriech is uncharitable, does not even think to offer poor Nakita a coat to wear for the trip in the snowstorm. During their trip, Nakita is the voice of reason and Andieich fool-hearty too concerned with securing his business deal than their saftey. When they are facing death Nakita thinks of the people that he has let down and feels remorsful; meanwhile, Andriech worries more about losing the opportunity to become more wealthy. Moreover, when Andriech decides to take the horse and leave Nakita to die because he does not value his life....   [tags: story and character analysis] 593 words
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Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy - Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina shows the fall of a high societal woman as she gives up everything for love. She resists society’s expectation of women to submissively dismiss their passions and live for raising a family. Anna and her lover Vronsky attempt to create their own life, separate and independent from society, believing that their love alone will sustain each other. However, they tragically discover that isolation is not a life that they can endure. Vronsky’s love does not mature; he does not know how to develop it beyond passion....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Book Summary]
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - “Sometimes [one should be] terrified of [the] heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants (Edgar Allen Poe). Endeavors of the heart may be the most dangerous of all, resulting in dismay. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy follows the lives of several families who live in 18th century Russia, each coming from different social groups and classes. The story begins with Anna’s brother Stiva Oblonsky, who is caught having an affair. As a result of this discovery, Anna must leave her family in St....   [tags: literary analysis, allen poe]
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When Tolstoy Meets Kant - ... The thinking of Ivan Ilyich is polluted by a series of commissions and omissions. To begin with the former, Ivan does not value people for their own sake. Rather, he treats them as a means to serve a particular end. Even though he treats people with respect, the respect exhibited is grounded in social expectations. Ivan lacks a sense of empathy. His actions are driven by social standards. For example, Ivan is not in love with his wife. Rather, he marries her because that is what society expects of him (BDII11)....   [tags: moral philosophy]
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The Life of Juan Ponce de Leon - ... Juan became a squire. As a squire, Ponce de Leon cared for Guzman’s armor, and assisted him in battle against the muslims. Ponce de Leon’s career as an explorer began in 1493, on Columbus’s second voyage. He was a conquistador, a leader of the Spanish conquest. He was probably looking to become wealthy from all of the gold in the Americas. Ponce de Leon may have been curious. It is a mystery whether or not he was looking for the fountain of youth. Ponce de Leon helped defeat the Taino indians....   [tags: explorer searching for the fountain of youth] 541 words
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Biography on Juan Ponce de Leon - ... In this second voyage was nothing like the first. This trip was disorganized and practically a chaotic affair Columbus had 17 boats that were extra packed, there were about 1200-1500 men total because the voyage handler Fonseca was a corrupt official and had decided to take bribes from people that wanted to see the new world instead of taking people that he needed on board. Subsequently this was probably the way Juan Ponce De Leon even got into the expedition, by possibly having family members paying a bribe to get him into the expedition or maybe by volunteering as a” gentlemen volunteer” which can be described as an enlisted soldier who may been a former officer or a gentleman qualifie...   [tags: knight, spain, honor, swords, holy, day, flowers] 986 words
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Theory of Cognitive Dissonance by Leon Festinger - “Humans are not a rational animal, but a rationalizing one” (“Class 20”). This was asserted by the much acclaimed, significant, and influential social psychologist Leon Festinger as referencing to his theory of Cognitive Dissonance. Social psychology is “a branch of psychology particularly concerned with understanding social behaviors such as” incentive and compliance (Sheehy). Festinger’s contributions to the social and cognitive branches of psychology as well psychology overall prove themselves worthy to today....   [tags: behaviorism, processing information]
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The Life and Works of Leon Battista Alberti - Europe after the Black Death moved into a period of intense creative revolution and advancement in all creative fields. This Renaissance period moved all aspects art and architecture away from the medieval gothic style and into a time of classical rejuvenation. The architectural side of this movement grew out of Italian cities like Florence, Venice and Rome and would greatly impact architectural design throughout the world for centuries. Among the most influential architects of this period was Leon Battista Alberti, a prodigious writer, thinker and designer from Florence....   [tags: Renaissance Architecture, Italian Cortile]
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The Leon S. Peters Honors Program - My life, it has been one filled with many accomplishments, and yet it is also one that is tinged with hard times and struggles. Hence this has shaped who I am today and why I think I can succeed in the Leon S. Peters Honors program; because I believe our struggles shape our character, and who we will become. It leads us to our epiphany, our self-discovery of what we want to accomplish in life, and why we want to change the world for the better; this is the building block of what makes us human. During my youth, I went to a private elementary school called: The Armenian Community School Of Fresno, although I struggled at school, because I was a very anxious kid....   [tags: Collegiate Education] 606 words
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The Inspiring Actions of Audie Leon Murphy - Audie Leon Murphy has earned all available U.S. military combat award for valor possible from the United States Army. He was also decorated by Belgium and France for his service. He serviced in the European Theater of Operations along with the Mediterranean. on January 26, 1945 Murphy earned the medal of honor because of what he had did at the Colmar Pocket near Holtzwihr, France when he was only 19 years old. He received it for his defensive actions against German troops- this shows his selfless service and personal courage....   [tags: military, courage, loyalty] 1735 words
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Tolstoy's Influence on Notorious Leaders of the World - ... In an 1863 letter to his cousin, Alexandra, Tolstoy wrote that, “I have never felt my mental and even moral powers so free and ready for work” (Heims, p. 75). Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Anna Karenina are both fiction novels that strongly reflect his anarchist views and beliefs. When reading any of Tolstoy’s works the reader can tell that Tolstoy is an anarchist, and those anarchist beliefs expressed in his books have inspired many great leaders and revolutionaries, like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr....   [tags: Gandhi, Marin Luther King Jr.]
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Leon Trotsky aka Lev Davidovich - ... Lev Davidovich Bronstein had to find a quick name, so that his identity wouldn’t be known, without thinking long about his decision, he came up with Leon Trotsky. Not knowing that this name would stick with him for as long as it did, the name derived from a head jailor of the Odessa prison. During his escape Trotsky managed to find London where he met and collaborated with V.I. Lenin on the Russian Social-Democrats’ revolutionary newspaper. Not too far from finding his last wife, Trotsky met Natalia Ivanovna in 1902, whom he married a year later of them being together and had two sons....   [tags: biography, marxist revolutionary] 827 words
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy - Fear is only one of the emotions that drive people. Society and even religion uses fear in the form of consequences to persuade people to control their EGO. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy allows the readers to learn the consequences of living a completely selfish, non-Christian life without actually having to make Ivan’s mistakes. At face value, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy is not a Christian novel. There is no mention of spirituality until the final chapter of the book, ****** there are only vague references to life after death with no mention of Christianity....   [tags: The Death of Ivan Ilyich]
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Tolstoy´s Ivan Ilyich - ... “…The first thought that occurred to each of the gentlemen in this office, learning of Ivan Ilyich’s death, was what effect it would have on their own transfers and promotions or those of their acquaintances.” (Tolstoy, pg 32) The individuals’ initial reaction to the death is not remorse, which would be appropriate if Ivan’s so called “friends” were truly loyal; instead everyone is concerned with how they will be advantaged. Everyone desires to be promoted and be recognized in their competitive society, so much so that they are willing to exchange that at the expense of their acquaintances....   [tags: society, materialistic, conformist] 1164 words
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Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych - Leo Tolstoy uses Gerasim in “The Death of Ivan Ilych” as a tool to demonstrate Ivan’s inability to grasp the concept of death. Although Ivan is physically alive throughout the story he does not become mentally and spiritually alive until the final moments of his life. Gerasim is used to reveal the importance of human interaction and compassion and the role it plays in permitting an individual to live a truly satisfying life. Despite Ivan’s family living in a fairly high society, Gerasim, Ivan's butler, reflects on the true way of living....   [tags: Ivan, character analysis] 788 words
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"The Death of Ivan Ilych", by Leo Tolstoy - The story of In "The Death of Ivan Ilych", was written by Leo Tolstoy around who examines the life of a man, Ivan Ilyich, who would seem to have lived an exemplary life with moderate wealth, high station, and family. By story's end, however, Ivan's life will be shown to be devoid of passion -- a life of duties, responsibilities, respect, work, and cold objectivity to everything and everyone around Ivan. It is not until Ivan is on his death bed in his final moments that he realizes that materialism had brought to his life only envy, possessiveness, and non-generosity and that the personal relationships we forge are more important than who we are or what we own....   [tags: The Death of Ivan Ilych] 840 words
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Juan Ponce de Leon: The Spanish Explorer - Juan Ponce de Leon is most recognized as the Spanish explorer who discovered Florida. However this was not his only achievement or contribution to the Spanish empire. Prior to discovering Florida he helped fight off the last of the Moors in Granada, he prevented the Indians from attacking the Spaniards in Hispaniola, he served as the first governor of Puerto Rico, discovered other geographical features off of Florida’s coast all while never giving up on his quest for gold or to gain the same recognition as Christopher Columbus....   [tags: discovering florida, new world, columbus]
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The Life of Leon Trotsky - The Life of Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky is well recognised as one of the greatest Marxists that ever lived. After being arrested, sentenced to exile twice and supporting the Mensheviks, Trotsky was deported to New York Citywhere he was to be a peaceful, productive member of society. Following the removal of the Tsar during the Russian Revolution, Trotsky returned to Russia in May 1917. In August 1917, Trotsky joined the Central Committee of the Bolshevik party whose leader was none other than Vladimir Lenin....   [tags: Papers] 1475 words
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Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke was a Talented Musician and Piano Teacher - ... Strains of Jazz and blues would gist to the banks of the Mississippi, and he, riveted despite his parents. Usually late for supper when a big riverboat was due to cruise by. One night, he did not come home at all, but he returned the next day morning escorted by the captain of the riverboat on which Bix had stowed away. The captain of the boat supposedly told the worried Beiderbecke’s that Bix was the best calliope player he had ever heard in his life. Bix Beiderbecke was a striking contrast to the brilliant toned, and virtuosic, Louis Armstrong he helped Bix from the band the “Wolverines”, and he was the most important of the first generation of Chicago with jazz player....   [tags: alcohol, jazz, radio show] 534 words
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I Am Tolstoy, But Not A Tolstoyian - In 1828, somewhere in the countryside north of Moscow, Leo Tolstoy was born into the Russian nobility. Count Tolstoy, although acquainted with the finer things that life had to offer, new that the Romantic view of the world was false early in his life. His mother left this world when he was two, and his father undoubtedly told horrific stories of the chaotic Napoleonic Wars. This, coupled with the consecutive deaths of not only his father, but his favorite aunts and grandmother, all before his twenty-first birthday, a three year stint in the military during the Crimean war, and the works of masters such as Rousseau, Voltaire, Hegel, Darwin, Dickens, Gogol, and the New Testament...   [tags: essays research papers] 467 words
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War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy - Then novel War and Peace was written by a famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 1865. The novel describes the war with Napoleon in which many countries were involved such as Russia, Austrian, Prussia, Spain, Sweden, and Britain. The novel mainly focuses on Russia. It reflects the different views and participation in the war of Russian aristocracy and peasants and also shows Tolstoy’s negative viewpoint on the war. Showing the war, Tolstoy describes Napoleon’s attack on Russia, the battle of Borodino, the slow retrieval of the Russian army, the conquest of Moscow by Napoleon, the fire in Moscow, and the retrieval of Napoleon’s army during a deadly winter....   [tags: essays research papers] 1116 words
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Is Patriatism Morally Acceptable? - ... For George Kateb and Leo Tolstoy the answer is no. They consider that patriotism goes together with hatred of other countries and therefore brings about hostility and international tensions. Besides, Tolstoy argues that patriotism is stupid because it makes people claim that their country is the best of all, which is impossible. In the current context of globalization, with borders disappearing, cultures getting in touch with one another and supranational organizations increasing their power, one can also reject patriotism....   [tags: community, ethical, tolstoy] 890 words
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