85% done with War and Peace


Tolstoy follows up his lesson about death with his fantastical image of life represented by the globe of droplets. He is telling us that though we should not fear death we should also enjoy life, and not squander it. And he punctuates this lesson with the image of dead Petya being carried to his grave. This is a very complex image because hadn’t Petya enjoyed himself? Don’t we mourn for him?