The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Ivan’s Brother-In-Law Character Analysis

Ivan’s brother-in-law is his wife, Praskovya’s, brother, a man who visits several months after Ivan has fallen ill. Upon setting his eyes on Ivan, the brother-in-law can’t hide how alarmed he is by the profound physical change Ivan has undergone. Noting his brother-in-law’s reaction, Ivan fully grasps just how serious his condition truly is.
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Ivan’s Brother-In-Law Character Timeline in The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The timeline below shows where the character Ivan’s Brother-In-Law appears in The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...Feeling abandoned, he takes a leave of absence to rest in the countryside at his brother-in-law’s house. After just a short time of lounging with the family, though, he decides to... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Several months later, Ivan’s brother-in-law comes for a visit. Upon setting eyes on Ivan, he can’t disguise his horror, gaping... (full context)
Meaning and Mortality Theme Icon
Empathy vs. Resentment Theme Icon
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Listening in on a conversation between Praskovya and his brother-in-law, Ivan hears his brother-in-law call him a “dead man,” though Praskovya insists that her brother... (full context)