Settings Are Often Constructed to Expose Suffering and Injustice. Discuss with Reference to "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"

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Settings are often constructed to expose suffering and injustice. Discuss with reference to "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"

The novel, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" illustrates the horrors of life in Russia under the Joseph Stalin. The novel portrays the repression of human rights at that time and it also shows the importance of freedom. "Freedom is found only when a person has been stripped of everything". This is true because during Stalinist Russia, people were stripped of their simplest human rights, such as freedom and family. Under the rule of Joseph Stalin, prison camps for criminals or political dissidents were built in barren lands in Siberia and run by secret police. These Stalinist labor camps were used to industrialize the Soviet Union in a short period of time. Without these camps Stalin would have never been able to industrialize the Soviet Union. Most of the political prisoners were innocent Soviet citizens, who were accused of being spies, terrorists, Rightists, nationalists and anarchists. The prisoners were assigned very hard labor such as construction work, which was the most common form of labor. Solzhenitsyn chose the setting to take place in the prison camp in Siberia in order to show the intolerable suffering that the inmates endured. "Only those can understand us who ate from the same bowl with us." The setting of the novel contributes to a great extent in conveying the suffering and injustice that the prisoners in the labor camps went through during their daily lives.

The plot portrays a day in the life of an inmate named Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, who is the protagonist of the novel, and what he must do to survive in the labor camp which he is imprisoned in. The events of the novel take place in different parts of the prison camp such as the mess hall, the sleeping quarters, the sickbay, the "hole", and the work site. Solzhenitsyn used all these places in order to show the suffering of the inmates. For example,...
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