Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 's One Day

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The interactive oral presentations shown prior to reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, allowed me to grasp important context pertaining to the lives of the prisoners. The presentations focused on three key areas: their pre-camp, camp, and post-camp lives. Communally this knowledge is vital, for it allows me to better understand the struggles, fears, and emotions that fill the prisoners’ day to day lives in the gulag work camp. Firstly, the pre-camp knowledge is vital, for it allowed me to understand the type of lives the prisoners lived before the camp. When I first heard that these individuals were prisoners, my first instinct was to think that they were convicts, but surprisingly I discovered…show more content…
This caused many free prisoners to turn back to the camps in order to survive. Acknowledging this struggle allowed me to understand why Ivan and many of his gang members were scared of release, rather than excited to finally reach freedom. Completely unremarkable days are the kind that will add up to years in one’s life, and in Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Shukhov recounts a single unremarkable day of his ten year sentence in a Soviet gulag camp. During his day, Shukhov starves the reader by immersing them in the famine of the camp, establishing food as a basic necessity for survival. Along with the camp’s famine, Shukhov invites the reader to immerse themselves in the bitter coldness of northern Russia; thoroughly protesting its presence repeatedly. Lastly, Shukhov recurrently elucidates to the criticalness of camaraderie with his gang 124, for even if one lets them down, they all will be punished. Therefore, through a comprehensive structure enriched with changes of tone, juxtapositions, and imageries, Solzhenitsyn successfully immerses the reader in the daily struggles that threaten the prisoners’ survival. Gandhi stated that “there are people in this world that are so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”. Through this quote, Gandhi perfectly portrays the quintessential lives of the starving
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