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What are Tolstoy's personal views on life and death? Is this book a reflection of his views? Why does Ilyich become cynical later on?

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Mishanya111 Tolstoy stood on the position of humanism, claiming that the inevitability of the death makes our circumvantes all useless. This book's plot's based on the story of I.I.Mechnikov's death - the famous lawyer disappointed in all his life's achievements before death. Moreover this story concerns the universal moral laws, beeing in focus of T.'s attention that years.

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