The only person to exude care is Gerasim, one of Ivan’s servants. He is the only one to acknowledge Ivan’s impending death and shows genuine compassion. Over the course of weeks, Ivan’s body deteriorates but his increasingly rejects to accept his demise. It is only in his final moments that Ivan realizes the suffering he places on his family. Ivan understands that the only way to end their suffering, and his own, is by dying.
Ivan has been average since birth; he is the middle son with a blend of personality in “between the two [elder and younger brothers]” (47). Therefore, conformity molds Ivan to become even more “ordinary” (47) as he loses his personal identity to “resemble all people of a certain kind” (57). Juxtaposed by Ivan’s frustration that losing his life over the curtain is “terrible and stupid”(72), Tolstoy presents materialism as a false sense of fulfilment. This is because recollections of Ivan’s childhood are his only fulfilling, pleasant memories. The writer uses free indirect discourse to describe the “special taste” of Ivan’s “raw, shriveled French prunes”, decreasing the use of a third-person omniscient voice as Ivan reflects deeper about a life lack of authenticity.
It also states that liberty is a quality of being free. Although the pursuit of happiness is not specifically defined in a dictionary, it can be summed up as pursuing the things that are enjoyable to you and living a life that makes you happy. Regardless of those
Ivan’s was not a “good death”. He learned and understood suffering as his end was closer, but was not able to consider is death a good one for the lack of care from his family. He had the strength to live through pain and to learn from it. He was able to recognize that god was pivotal at that moment in his life, but he was not able to coalesce his family into a united one to make his suffering less
The audience is abruptly shocked when they realise that Ivan’s mother has been killed by the Germans and he is awoken from his dream and must face the reality of war that has consumed him. The dream sequences indicate to the responder Ivan’s yearning for a childhood free of war and subsequent devastation and angers the responder as he has been denied his innocence, freedom and a relationship with his mother due to the conflict 2. However, the last dream sequence is starkly different to the prior three shown in the film which accentuate the loss of his childhood. Although Ivan is deceased, the responder is somewhat relieved that he is no longer a victim of the horror and trauma of war, as demonstrated through his happy interaction with other children and his mother and the beach; which symbolises purity and
“His spirit, he feared, had been blasted away so that he had become lonesome and estranged from all around him as a sad old heron standing pointless watch in the mudflats of a pond lacking frogs.” (22) Inman had grown up with Christian views but the war had a negative effect on his faith, leaving him questioning God. Inman had originally blamed human nature for the war and other tragedies going on in the world, however, when he talks to the blind man and discovers he was born blind, he doesn’t know who to blame. Inman undergoes the complicated process of finding himself when he is lost. There had been times when Inman thought he’d be better off alone forever. However, his encounters with people like Veasey, had set him on a more positive spiritual path because he felt better when he saved the pregnant girl’s life.
Freedom means the power or right to act, speak, or think without restraint, and the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Freedom is the correction to do what he/she wants, live life, and eat what he/she wants. How do we live free? We live free by not judging other people’s freedom rights. Everyone has their own rights.
It is fairly and factually said that the freedom of speech and expression is the mother of all freedoms and liberties. In the present modern times it is extensively accepted that the right to freedom of speech and expression is the soul of free society and must be protected at all times.