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Values In The Metamorphosis AndThe Death Of Ivan Ilyich?

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From the beginning of civilized society, humans have followed sets of values that have been taught to them. Over time these values may have changed, but it is socially acceptable to have values or some sets of beliefs. Some higher assembly of humans have decided these values for the rest of us. In many Realist and Modernist works of literature, it is apparent that characters are having some sort of conflict with societal values. In “The Metamorphosis” and “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” there are many conflicts between internal values of the characters and the characters of the people in their lives. The characters start to question their place in the world when the realize what they truly mean to the people that they thought would love them unconditionally. In “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy, the reader can tell that from the beginning, Ivan’s “loved” ones don’t seem to care about his death. They talk about his belongings as if they had won something from a giveaway. It is almost as his family members are playing a game to guess what “transfers and promotions” they might obtain from his death (Page 813, The Norton Anthology). Their actions prove that they didn’t have any strong values towards someone life. The way his family dealt with his death was similar to the way Gregor’s family reacted towards his transformation. At first it seemed like his family would work with his condition, but when he got to the point to where he couldn’t contribute to the family, they
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