One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Analytical Essay

1450 Words Oct 20th, 1999 6 Pages
Russia, has a lowest ever temperature of –44ºC, and an average of 104 days a year above 0ºC and a yearly average of 261 days below 0 ºC. It is the second coldest continent in the world only behind Antarctica, it snows on average 111 days of the year. It is dark, gloomy, freezing and miserable in the winter, and in the summer, cold, dark, and gloomy. Camps for political prisoners seemed even colder, especially with no real heating and limited clothes to wear on these wintriness days.
<br>The camp which was the bases of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novel A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich was initiated by Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 until 1956. Stalin, which means "man of steel", constructed one of the tightest and
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Although prisoners maintain their humanity and dignity by small acts and rituals. That is what Solzhenitsyn hoped to explain, but no matter what the conditions, and no matter how bad life is like, we can all survive through it, if we are willing to fight.
<br>With numerous nationalities and cultures represented in the novel, such as Russians, Estonians, Letts and a Ukrainian just to name a few, there was bound to be conflict in cultures and beliefs, and there was. From large arguments to the conversation between Shukhov and Aloysha about God, " Aloysha, I'm not readily against God, understand that. I readily believe in God. But I don't believe in paradise and hell. Why d'you take us as fools and stuff us with your paradise and hell stories? That's what I don't like."
<br>Thus also leads into another significannot theme, the demolition of human unity, what happened to looking out for each other, well when it cost you time, effort and punishment why should you look out for each other. This was the view of many of the prisoners, and is clearly illustrated when they all yelled abuse at the Moldavian who missed work because he feel asleep, and cost the prisoners more
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