`The unexamined life is not worth living '
Plato wrote : ``The unexamined life is not worth living ' Apply this quote to the main characters of ``The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Ivan , ``The Metamorphosis (Gregor , ``Death in Venice (Gustav ) and ``To Room 19 (Susan and Mathew . Focus on the quote as it relates to the characters and the stories . Do not retell the plots . Give specific examples to back up your responses .
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I agree with the statement that unexamined life is indeed worthless . People who are respected everywhere are those who follow the path of reason rather than allow themselves to be lead by moods and impulses . Most people , however , are guided by their desires and impulses and come to grief . They never pause to think what they are doing - to critically analyze the consequences of their thoughts and action . They take life for granted and choose to follow the conventional path . Animals have to follow their instincts , but why should human follow them . All the evils of life spring from this unthinking habit . Even good characters have to suffer because of the wrong decisions taken uncritically . Examples and illustrations may be taken from literature in support of this argument . Leo Tolstoy 's hero Ivan Ilych is a good case in point . He is driven by excessive ambition for money and status which makes him insensitive to other important issues of life . Only after he falls ill he begins examining his life to discover a rationale for his suffering . At different situations of his life he reacts emotionally : frustrated at not being promoted to the post of presiding judge , he becomes a workaholic and neglects his relationship with family . Once he joins the rat race of success , he gives up thinking about the...