Summary Of One Day In The Penal Colony By Frank Erikson

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For this Unit I’ve chosen to read Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony, a short story about an unnamed penal colony where punishment does not have to fit the crime. Unfortunately, since untold millions of people died in such conditions in the 20th century, plenty of works give us an idea how life was; probably, the first glimpse was given in 1962 by Solzhenitsyn in his One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The physical deprivations—the bitter cold, the perpetual hunger, the inexhaustible exhaustion, and the untreated diseases—were only half of the equation. The other half was the destruction of the human psyche by the application of modern psychology; for example, the notorious reeducation experiment in the Romanian Pitești Prison (Robert &

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