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`The unexamined life is not worth living '
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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 .

This is a response paper . I want to hear your ideas about the texts . This is NOT a research paper -- do not use any outside source . --------------------------------------- 
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...
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