The Death Of Ivan Ilyich

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich portrays death as a futile encounter that marks the end of humanity. Death consequently portrays life as meaningless as it isolates Ivan from the worldly happiness to another world of fear for uncertainty. Therefore, it is a sad experience that marks the end of a human era. Grief and a feeling of loss accompany death for the family and society. Conversely, The Third Policeman portrays death as a path towards wealth exploitation. In effort to accumulate wealth, the narrator is willing to do whatever possible, include taking another person’s life. Death is also used as a foundation for the development of the plot that helps the audience understand the narrator’s experience as a murderer while providing them with interesting, silly, and somewhat absurd experiences. Despite their varying perceptions about death and the incorporation of it as a significant theme and element in both plots, it’s interesting to note how this seemingly common theme converges in the two novels as well. The Death of Ivan Ilych (1886) appears to uncover the social history of death while representing the wretched mood. On the contrary, Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman (1967) brings the theme of death with a comical relief.
The Third Policeman reveals how human subconscious intentions can push one to levels whereby individuals are consciously reluctant to go. However, the novel also presents reflections by the author that reveals signs of being flustered and frightened by what…
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