Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Pages: 106 – 133
While continuing reading the book, I could see some connections that could be made throughout the book. To begin with, the book states that a prisoner called Moldavian was missing while the prisoners were being count, since he was in the shop. Continuing, because Moldavian was missing, all 462 prisoners had to wait for him, because the authorities didn't want anyone to be left out, since he might be doing something he wasn't supposed to do. Now, this sentence reminds me of school because of the fact of waiting. In lower school, when children go to lunch, they often go in a strait line to follow the teacher, and to show respect. Furthermore, if the teacher finds out that a student is missing, he (or she) will stop the line so that he can find the lost child. After the teacher finds the student, they continue going. In this analysis, we can clearly see that both cases connect because both happenings include a leader (authorities and teacher) which have to find a missing person to continue on.
Another thing that shows that school connects to the missing of Moldavian is the fact that both cases contain revolted people. In the book, the waiting prisoners get furious since Moldavian was missing, stopping the waiting prisoners to get to their destination, which was the gates. Adding on, to show their angriness, the prisoners started to curse Moldavian. This event is actually similar to school. When an important class or even school trip is stopped to wait a late student, the students waiting, and even teachers get revolted, since they have to wait a person to arrive so that the class or trip can commence. Overall, we can see that both cases contain people revolted on waiting someone late, or missing.
<Image of someone waiting a long time>
Further ahead reading the book, it shows guards examining people's clothes and accessories for weapons, so that they can prevent them from being hidden and token inside the gates (or anywhere). Continuing, Ivan was examined to see if he had any harmful item, but luckily, he was able to pass through the guard because of a distraction. This happening reminds me of the airport. Whenever someone has to fly to another place, they have to pass through a check-in. In the check-in, people are examined to see if they are carrying any illegal items, meaning that if they contain any illegal item, it will be token and thrown away to cause no harm during the flight. These two cases connect because in both situations, someone is being examined to see if they are taking anything harmful or illegal, so that it can be token to cause no harm to anyone.
To wrap things up, these were some connections I had and thoughout the book.