One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: Summary

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One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich: Summary In the book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the main character Ivan and the other prisoners in the camp are treated very badly. Ivan tries to make himself warm and to get enough food to keep himself alive. He does only what is necessary to please the guards and the commanders of the camp. Ivan uses his intelligence to make his life easier so he can save up more energy to face the work load. He and the members of the 104th group manage to survive because of Ivan's personal attention to himself and his care about the others. More importantly, Ivan survives because his intelligence, his spirit, his deception and careful teamwork. Ivan has to be smarter than the guards in the camp, so,…show more content…
He hides it so that he can work a lot easier with that good trowel. This was in the book as, "Shukhov had fooled the man in the tool- store and pocketed the best-trowel; and now he kept it hidden in a different place every evening" (Solzhenitsyn, Pg.48). Also, after work, the team wants to get back to the mess hall faster than anyone else, and after they get there, they will look for the bowl that have the thickest food in it. In this way, they can have more food. Moreover, Ivan hides his food for later use. He hide his food under his mattress so that he can eat it when he is hungry at night. So, his deception makes his life a lot easier in the camp. Ivan survives by strong teamwork, when he and the other zeks got a new project given by the camp authorities. The team leader separate the work assignment so that everyone does receive similar amount of jobs. They can work more comfortably if they have only one task to perform. However, when they are sent to build a wall at the power station, they decide to fix the stove to keep warm while they are mixing the motar to build the wall. Therefore, they separate the works as follows: Shukhov is put to fixing the stove-pipe; Kilgas is to repair the mixing box with the two Estonians to help him, Senka has to chop long laths. Moreover, when building the wall, they have to have good work report.

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