The Death of Ivan Ilyich Questions and Answers
by Leo Tolstoy

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In "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," how was the servant Gerasim a friend to Ivan?  

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It is important to realise what Gerasim represents and how his character contrasts dramatically with Ivan's wife and family and their response to his death. Gerasim is a Russian peasant whom becomes more and more important to Ivan as his death draws near. He is compassionate and giving and cares for Ivan as Ivan becomes increasingly unable to care for himself. Gerasim is one of the few characters in...

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