Analysis Of Darkness At Noon

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Darkness at Noon (1940), discusses the most intriguing and widely debated principles of political systems; justice, morality, and philosophy. These three concepts are touched upon several times throughout the novel to describe the ways of the Communist Party and the ruthlessness of the Soviet Revolution.
Rubashov, who is the main character, spends most of his life advocating on behalf of the Soviet Union Revolution, and now he’s suddenly had fallen on the opposing side. Though there is no direct mention of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, he is constantly referred to under the name No. 1. This novel is divided into three separate hearings, which is similar to those from the Moscow trials. At the beginning of the novel he is arrested for seemingly no reason, immediately he knows that he is in an isolation cell and will remain there until he is shot . He spends much of this time thinking in his cell dealing with a toothache, until later he is able to communicate with the cell next to him. The second hearing starts with an entry from Rubashov’s diary where he mentions his struggle to find his place with the other Old Bolsheviks. By the third hearing Rubashov is being interrogated by Gletkin, who is a soldier and abuses him through methods of psychological torture. Toward the end he finally confesses to the false charges that are brought against him and becomes haunted by the memory of other agents that were in the same situation before him He realizes that he is being treated
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