" The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is actual a novel that was written by Leo Tolstoy. And based on the excerpt above taken from this novel, what the candle symbolizes here is the approaching death of Ivan Ilyich. The answer to this would be the last option. Hope this helps.
What does the candle symbolize in this excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich? “When I am not, what will there be? There will be nothing. Then where shall I be when I am no more? Can this be dying? No, I don’t want to!” He jumped up and tried to light the candle, felt for it with trembling hands, dropped candle and candlestick on the floor, and fell back on his pillow. Ivan Ilyich’s shallow lifestyle Ivan Ilyich’s troubled conscience Ivan Ilyich’s murky past Ivan Ilyich’s approaching death NextReset