One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich tells the story of Shukhov, a Russian prisoner sentenced to ten years in a Siberian camp. He is a rather individualist person who is mainly interested in surviving day by day during his confinement. Every prisoner in the camp has to learn how to behave according to this mandatory lifestyle they have been condemned to, and this is the way Shukhov finds the most bearable and efficient.
There is no such thing as a unique hard moment for the prisoners or a strong event throughout the novel, which results into a very monotonous tone in the story. Everything that happens is part of their daily life, including the threats they are subjected to by the guards. Though there are a few moments which raise the expectation of the reader, it is clear that for the prisoners they are merely something that could have happened any other day, and most important of all, something that they knew was going to happen sooner or later.
Solzhenitsyn writes the story exactly as it is expected by the reader. An ordinary day in the life of an ordinary man who just like many others had been sent to the camp as a form of punishment for something they did, or someone thought they did. There is a constant morbid mood, and expectation of death. Most of the prisoners keep track of how long they had been imprisoned, and how long it is left until they are to be released. However, not all of them are looking forward to it. The reasons why the characters had been incarcerated vary from serving milk to the enemy in the forest to political crimes or traitors, and every one of them deals with their sentence in a different way. The newest ones are usually full of life and showing off a strong personality, while those who had been in the camp for longer learn that they have to lower their voices and do whatever it takes, however they are told to do so. Some prisoners, such as Alyoshka, have God as a source of inspiration and rely strongly on religion, while others...
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