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        Most critics comment on Tolstoy's work to be very effective in making his fiction appear to be very realistic and lifelike.  They also feel that his examinations on psychology and society which he developed later throughout his career were very efficient. On the other hand, some critics find flaws in the harshness of Tolstoy's ways. Gerald Lucas believes that Tolstoy, himself an educated landowner, found many of Russia’s elite class wasting their lives in search of the wrong things: “We’re all looking for freedom from our obligations to our fellow man, but that is precisely what us human beings, that sense of our obligations, and if it weren’t for that, we would live like animals”. Tolstoy admired the communal sense that he perceived in the simple people. The Death of Ivan Ilyitch, written in 1886, represents Tolstoy’s reactions to his social milieu and provides a severe moral lesson for his readers. He provides an answer by illustrating Russia’s two common social classes: the affluent and educated class of Ivan Ilyitch and the oral, peasant class of Gerasim.