Leo Tolstoy Essays

  • Leo Tolstoy

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    Nikolayevich Tolstoy, has many significant influences on the literary world that drastically outweigh those of other authors. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, or Leo Tolstoy, was born on September 9th, 1828 in Tula Province, Russia (Ciliento, 1). Many events influence Leo Tolstoy to write, such as his experiences and decisions in Moscow, Russia. As his writing career continued, Leo Tolstoy wrote many fictional novels that became famous many years later. Even though he wrote books hundreds of years ago, Leo Tolstoy

  • Leo Tolstoy Biography

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    Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer that wrote mostly wrote short stories, and novels and near the future wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy is mostly known for his novel war and peace and Anna Karenina. These two books were considered two of the greatest novels of all time in the realistic fiction genre. People did not only consider Tolstoy's novels as the greatest of all time but considered him as the greatest novelist of all time. Tolstoy is known for his paradoxical and complicated persona and also

  • Leo Tolstoy

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    Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author, one of the greatest authors of all time. Leo Tolstoy was born at Yasnya Polyana, in Tula Province, the fourth of five children. His parents died when he was young, and he was brought up by relatives. In 1844 Tolstoy started to study law and oriental languages at Kazan University, but he never earned a degree. Dissatisfied with the standard of education, he returned in the middle of his studies back to Yasnaya Polyana, and then spent much of his time

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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    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

  • Leo Tolsstoy, Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

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    Author Leo Tolstoy had a privileged upbringing however, despite the fact that he was born into the Russian nobility, he desired nothing more than to live the simple life of a peasant. As a young man attending the University of Kazan, Tolstoy was prone to gambling, drinking, smoking, and hunting. He eventually dropped out of school and gave up his sensualist lifestyle, opting for a life of simplicity. Tolstoy was an intellectual who favored the heart over the workings of the mind and, throughout his

  • Leo Tolstoy War And Peace Analysis

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    Leo Tolstoy is quite popular for writing the novel, War and Peace. Categorized among the longest novels ever written, war and peace is subdivided into four volumes each with sub parts and containing numerous chapters. The epic novel is based on the story of the Napoleonic intrusion of Russia in 1812. Tolstoy happened to had served in the Crimean war and wrote a number of short stories and novels which featured scenes of war. His participation in the war gave him a better insight when it came to writing

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

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    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

  • Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy

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    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

  • Double Standards in Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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    Bette. N.p.: Penguin, 1998. Print. Laclos, Choderlos De, and Douglas Parmée. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. Print. Thackeray, William Makepeace, and Nicholas Dames. Vanity Fair. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003. Print. Tolstoy, Leo, and David Magarshack. Anna Karenina. New York: Signet Classic, 1961. Print.

  • Leo Tolstoy: The Writing Style Of Anton Chekhov's War

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    way. (Landow) Everything about this writing style was entirely new. Writers like Chekhov, and even Tolstoy, helped develop realism into what readers Like his fellow writer, Chekhov, he possessed realistic characteristics that he portrayed in his works of literature. Tolstoy is known as the author who created one of the longest novels ever written, War and Peace. Throughout this book, Tolstoy focuses on describing Russia after an invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte and his French soldiers. War and

  • Feminist Analysis of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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    Anna Karenina is a novel by the prominent Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It was published in serial installments between 1873 and 1877. Tolstoy himself claimed that Anna Karenina was his first novel. Despite criticism that the novel was indeed two separate novels, there was much acclaim. Fellow Russian author Dostoevsky hailed it as “a flawless work of art” (En8848.com.cn). Despite the criticism that Anna Karenina is actually two novels, Tolstoy insisted that it is one novel. Although certain characters

  • Family in The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

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    In The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy tells the story of a high court judge, Ivan Ilyich Golovin, who lives in Russia during the 1800s. The story centers on a tragedy that befalls Ivan. He takes a fall while finishing the decorations in his new home. While falling, he banged his side against the window frame. As time passes, his health starts to slowly deteriorate until he is permanently bedridden and miserable. Throughout the novella Ivan’s family, most particularly his wife Praskovya Fedorovna

  • The Life of Leo Tolstoy and its Great Impact on his Literary Works

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    The Life of Leo Tolstoy and its Great Impact on his Literary Works "How Much Land Does A Man Need?," by Leo Tolstoy was influenced by his life and times. Leo Tolstoy encountered many things throughout his life that influenced his works. His life itself influenced him, along with poverty, greed and peasant days in 19th century Russia. Tolstoy's eventful life impacted his works. Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born into a family of aristocratic landowners in 1828 at the family estate at Yasnaya

  • War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

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    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

  • Everyday Use By Leo Tolstoy

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    families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"? (Tolstoy) That is a true statement if you ask me it means so much. It means to me that it does not matter what type of family you are, you will and am going to have issues. No family is perfect, there is always a flaw. Some families are just good at hiding it, and then some are not. There are many plays, stories and poems’ that can relate to the line that Leo Tolstoy wrote and I chose three from each; A Raisin in the Sun (376), "Everyday

  • Viewing Leo Tolstay's Ideas with Resentment or as Pure Genius

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    Leo Tolstoy may have not been always agreeable in the eyes of others, but even enlightened, wholesome characters who challenged the static injustice of the world were either met with resentment or death. Tolstoy had certainly earned the resentment from the radicalism of his religious ideals and his insistence on the reform of Russian hierarchy. While others resented his ideas, others regarded him a brave genius who wrote beautiful works to stand against what is wrong and fight for a world of right

  • The Death of Ivan Ilych

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    Ivan Ilych Leo Tolstoy conveys the psychological importance of the last, pivotal scene through the use of diction, symbolism, irony. As Ivan Ilych suffers through his last moments on earth, Tolstoy narrates this man's struggle to evolve and to ultimately realize his life was not perfect. Using symbols Tolstoy creates a vivid image pertaining to a topic few people can even start to comprehend- the reexamination of one's life while on the brink of death. In using symbols and irony Tolstoy vividly conveys

  • Ivan Ilyich Conformity

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    following society is the “right” way of living. In Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Death of Ivan Ilyich, Tolstoy uses a recurring theme of conformity. He illustrates Ivan Ilyich, the protagonist, a middle class man as a modern day conformist. His character lives for society’s approval and in doing so, distracts himself from seeking true happiness. Throughout the novel, Leo Tolstoy uses satire to expose the upper-middle class people as conformists. Tolstoy portrays the damaging effects propriety has on an individual

  • Materialism in Russian Literature

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    Western Europe had a firm grasp on Russian society and culture. At that time, Western Europe called for Modernization, which places a heavy emphasis on wealth and social maneuverability often leading to increased Economic Materialism and Egoism. Both Leo Tolstoy, in his work, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in his work, Notes from Underground criticize Modernization and its effects as a danger to society. At the same time, both seem to advocate for moral and intellectual altruism often

  • How Does Gerasim Change In The Death Of Ivan Ilyich

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    In the novel, The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy exploits the miserable life Ivan faces, leading to an inevitable and crucial downfall. Through the course of his childhood, the perspective of his existence gradually transforms as his torturing life prolongs. Tolstoy utilizes Gerasim as he emphasizes the roles of family and morality to convey Ivan’s realization of falsity in all aspects of his life. Throughout the novel, Ivan’s change in view towards his children and wife, Praskovya Fedorovna