Survival in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn and The Metamorphosis by Kafka

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Survival in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn and The Metamorphosis by Kafka In both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, written by
Solzhenitsyn, and The Metamorphosis, written by Kafka, there were
struggles for survival in face of oppression. Both of the protagonists
had lost control of their own lives and were forced to fight to keep
the little control that they had. Shukov, a character created by
Solzhenitsyn, was imprisoned in a Stalinist labour camp designed to
attack its prisoners'
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prisoners being able to depend on one another to complete tasks and to
share were huge factors in their survival in the prison camp.
Dependence in The Metamorphosis was also important. Although in this
case it was more the lack of dependence. Gregor was isolated from his
family and from society. Despite his sister's minimal effort to feed
Gregor, he received no aid from anyone throughout the novel. If he
were able to depend on his family like Ivan could his friends he
probably would have survived. His family simply turned their back on
him the moment that they could not depend on him. This shows a similar
message as to the message in Solzhenitsyn's writing about dependence
within the groups. Both authors showed, from different sides, how
dependance is vital to survival.

Second, the two novels use personal attitudes as a factor in the
characters' struggle for survival. In One Day in the Life of Ivan
Denisovich, the prisoners had hope. Ivan, personally, lived each day
and tried to make the best out of life in prison. He had a positive
attitude toward the prison because he focused on only the positive
events that occurred during his day. He did not complain about the
negative events that occurred, he only had pure determination to get
through it. "Shukov complained about nothing: neither about the length
of his…