In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn shows how Soviet prisoners, known as Zeks, are treated while being in the gulag for one day through the eyes of the protagonist and omniscient narrator named Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. Despite being in an environment such as the Soviet Union, where there is harsh tundra and not much food to eat, Shukhov tries to make good use of what he has received while trying to keep himself alive. The purpose of Solzhenitsyn’s portrayal of food is to show its overall significance and that it is used as a means of trade and survival. Over time, the power of food reveals its significance to the Zeks and especially to Shukhov and food allows both groups understanding towards the necessity of food for their vitality and well-being additionally.
On a day to day bases, men and women in prison or jail are dehumanized and terrorized by their superiors or even their inmates in the Criminal Justice System. The inmates that are in this situation are usually physically, emotionally, and mentally abused, they are often deprived of meals and are belittled. The inmates in this situation have no other choice but adapt to their best ability of the harsh situation they are founded in or be broken and taken over by the system they are forced to be a part of. Is it true that a person in difficult situations needs to be indifferent of their past because being nostalgic can only hurt them? Or does the harsh situation they become a custom to make it easier to forget their past life?. Solzhenitsyn uses Shukhov’s indifferent attitude towards his past to illustrate that a person cannot be nostalgic because it can lead to one’s self-destruction.
Newbery Award winning books, and Newbery Honor books, are children's literature that have exceeded in one or more area. These areas include: Theme or concept, accuracy, clarity and organization of information, development of plot and characters, the delineation of setting, and the appropriateness of the style of the literature. The One and Only Ivan exceeds these categories in more than one area. This fiction story is written for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 at a guided reading level S (Scholastic, 2018). Katherine Applegate writes this story with a clear concept throughout. This children's literature clearly conveys the idea of what it means to treat others kindly, and how to be humane to not only humans, but to all living creatures. Not only is her concept defined throughout the story, the portrayal of the setting of the story is also appropriate and
During our interactive oral, we discussed the cultural and contextual considerations of the work One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich written by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn. The subjects referred to where the importance of time and place, setting, and culture.
Viktor E. Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who also had survived the Holocaust, writes “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves” (BrainyQuote). Frankl survived genocide against his own people and still chose to have a positive outlook on it because he understands that if he did not, he would continually live an unhappy, upset life. Like Frankl, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, the main character in One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, contains a similar outlook to that of Frankl. The novel takes place during Soviet Russia in a gulag in Siberia, or otherwise known as a labor work camp. The whole book is about only one day that Shukhov lives; from 5 in the morning to 10 at night and all that happens in between. In this labor camp, not only are the weather conditions very cold, making it difficult to work in such circumstances, but also the workers are punished and harshly treated if they do not obey the guards. When placed in this environment, it is easy to be discouraged and miserable, but instead of facing the negatives of his situation, Shukhov remains affirmative in his thoughts – which are most important in order to survive not only physically, but also mentally. This stoicism portrayed in the narrative can also be found in Epictetus’s work, The Handbook. In this text, Epictetus discusses how he believes people can live a happy life, despite the hard conditions they are put through
Count Leo Tolstoy's novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, was published in 1886. Despite being written over 100 years ago, it contains themes and ideas that are universal and still applicable today. These themes include mortality, authenticity of life, and suffering. Mortality, or transiency of life, is central in Tolstoy's novella. Like most people, the main character, Ivan, ignores his mortality until he becomes sick. In chapter 6, Ivan recalls studying Keiswetter's philosophy, and the idea of mortality (1464). Tolstoy writes, "And Caius is indeed mortal and and it's right that he should die... for me it's quite different. And it cannot be that I should die" (1464). Ivan can not grasp that he has to face death just like everyone else. Among
Mark Steinberg and Vladimir Khrustalev’s The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution presents hundreds of annotated primary documents, introduced by dry descriptions of the major contemporary events. This dense document collection offers a detailed account of the downfall of the Romanov family, divided across four chapters. Steinberg and Khrustalev worked to avoid bias in this piece, and offer a wide range of documents for the reader to analyze. Unfortunately, some bias is intrinsic to historical writings, especially in translated primary documents. With pre- and post-revolutionary government documents and private correspondence included, readers are shown competing views on the family’s actions. This remarkably unbiased piece balances explanations and intimate letters to provide a complex description of the “moral contradiction and fatal certainties” that led to the former royal family’s demise.
I must admit that the beginning was a bit confusing because most stories do not usually start with the main character death being announced so early on. Even though, the story did start with Ivan IIyich death, I would not change the chronological order of it because as you read on you are able to understand why Leo Tolstoy wrote The Death of Ivan IIyich the way he did. I believe that the ending was more of Ivan IIych Golovin realizing that life wasn’t as perfect as he once thought it was. The text, states “He lay on his back and began to pass his life in a review in quite a new way” (Volume E, 776). The picture perfect life he thought he had was never perfect to begin becoming oblivious to it. He was just an average man with a middle-class
Friends are like stars… you don’t see them all the time, but you know they are there. This quote reminds me of my friend Abbi Tucker and Ivan from The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. They are both great friends and are very similar, but also different. Abbi Tucker and Ivan have many similarities, but they are also have pronounced differences.
Chandara Rui from Punishment by Tagore and Ivan Ilych from The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy are characters who share a number of similarities such as they are emotionally distant from their spouses, intuitive of the future, they both undergo some type of change, and they both die at the end of the story. However, on closer analysis of the stories, the characters exhibit differences such as the fact that the death of Ivan is seen through the structure of the story while Chandara’s death appears through both tone and structure of the story. Moreover, the two characters play different roles when it comes to victimization. Ivan is responsible for the alienation from his family while Chandara’s gender role as a woman in India makes her the victim. The two characters share some traits when it comes to a complicated marriage, views on future plans, and their death at the end however the format of the text and the roles played by each character differs.
The story is structured by starting off with Ivan’s colleges reaction to his death, the technical ‘end’ of the story then leading into his funeral, where his wife shows little grief other than over her financial standpoint. Then we follow the events up to his death, the promotion and his new house, when he falls and slams his side into a window frame he is injured, not visible at first by it soon affects his mood. It becomes apparent that he is dying, and the story follows his despair and the horrible realization of his mortality, and of the meaningless life he has lived. This structure works because it leads in with the after effects of Ivan’s death then follows his life before, giving you the end before the means.
Mucha, in this painting tries to bring together all the themes he addressed in the previous painting of the Slav epic series, which were nineteen in number which were to celebrate the independence of the Slav nations. The painting composed of four deferent parts characterized by four different colors blue, red, shadow looking color and yellow. Blues in the bottom of the painting represents the early years of Slav history, the red on the top right signified bloodshed in the Hussite wars, the shadow looking painting represents the enemies repeated attacks on the Slavs and the yellow band in the center shows Czech and Slovak soldiers returning from World War 1. The painting was meant to signal the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the
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I am comparing the fiction “ IVANHOE” by Sir Walter Scott in the Romantic period and “The “JUNGLE THE BOOK” by Rudyard Kipling in the Victorian period.Although ivanhoe and Mowgli the motify of the fication,live on different place during different century and critical approach,both successful face tremendous challenge.
Father and Sons by Ivan Turgenev is about two young men returning home from college. In the beginning readers are introduced to Arkady a young man whom on his journey home to his father has brought his friend, Bazarov. From the first meeting Arkady’s family is a little suspicious of Bazarov and have many questions for him and about him. Conversation did not start between the men until the next morning at breakfast. Nikolai (Arkadys father) had a few things to say but the real debate happened between Pavel (Arkadys uncle) throughout the early chapters.