Life of Ivan Denisovich
The novel: A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (written by Alexander Solzhenitzyn), tells the story of a Russian soldier’s life in a Siberian labor camp around the time of World War II. The protagonist in the story, Ivan, better known as “Shukhov”, is wrongly accused of committing treason and is sentenced to full 10 years of imprisonment in the camp. Throughout the story, the author makes vivid references to help the reader identify with the setting, climate, and overall feeling of what Ivan must deal with on a day-to-day basis. This helps the reader to better understand the points and the reality of what it was like living in one of these camps.
The story starts out with a daily wake up call in the barracks. Shukhov, normally on time, has woken with aches and pains and decides to sleep in well past the bell. Of course being in a labor camp, he is caught and is directed to clean the floors in the officers’ headquarters. Upon completing this job, he hurries of to the mess hall, and then to the sick bay to have his aches and fever checked out. Unfortunately for Shukhov, the medical examiner explains that the clinic is closed mornings, and if he had been there the previous night, he would have got the day off.
Returning back to his quarters depressed, Shukhov stumbles into the body count and notices that today they are searching the men. (They are not to have any forbidden articles of clothing, in other words, clothes that were not specifically handed to them by the authorities). Quietly not letting himself be seen, Shukhov quickly sews the piece of bread he took from breakfast into his mattress for later. After the body count his group is sent of to work in the power station. He meets with the colleagues and works for a while.
During dinner, he sneaks food once again for later, and returns to the station after having two bowls of the gruel. For the rest of the afternoon, the group works... [continues]
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