Camparison Symbolism of Objects in Kitchen and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch

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BY PEDRO MACE How symbolic are object and materials in “Kitchen” and “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”? Table of Contents |How symbolic are object and materials in “Kitchen” and “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”? |1 | |Bibliography |6 | Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto The Kitchen featured another story entitled Moonlight Shadows and it is easily notable how both stories were about a young woman who had to deal with the loss of an important person in her life as she moves on with the events in the novel. From the creative mind of Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen tells a story of a…show more content…
Ivan’s boots were similar to his spoon. It was one of his belongings that he kept close to him and would use frequently. It’s amazing how these boots were kept along with Tsezar’s parcel of food. The guards of the camp did not bother with their items which both had heavy significance to both of them. Food in any situation is important. It’s a necessity for human survival. Most prisoners look forward only to the meals during the day as they would be seen keeping to their selves, concentrating on their own food while eating (258). Being held in a camp as a prisoner of war is a frightening situation. Aside from threats of painful torture, prisoners are also subject to harsh conditions such as cold temperature, poor living conditions, intense work load and starvation. In the camp, prisoners are forced to think that they do not own anything anymore, not even their own body. The parcel of food and boots only showed that Ivan and the other prisoners were dumped into inhumane conditions where hope for survival is almost impossible. Prisoners are further faced with the challenge of staying sane and remembering who they are as a person before being held captive. The novel also touched on the spiritual side as seen in the character of Alyosha. Alyosha was a very spiritual person and a prisoner as well. Alyosha would always speak of spiritual things and try to keep Ivan’s spirits up with his spiritual

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