The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

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What is the role of Gerasim, the servant boy, in "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"?

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Gerasim is able to connect with his master precisely because of his simple peasant background and the way that he honestly accepts death as part of the process of life. Note what he says in the first chapter of this story in response to an inquiry about his master's death:

"It is God's will. We shall all come to it some day."

It is because of this acceptance and recognition of death that he is able to connect with Ivan Ilyich and this distinguishes him from Ivan Ilyich's family,...

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