Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Job #5 – Illustrious Artist
Pages: 69 - 105
While reading the book, I discovered a topic that kept standing out, which was food. On pages 69-71, this topic is introduced. These pages state that prisoners work and help the cook just so they can get another bowl of kasha, or in other words, just so they can get more food. The reason the prisoners work more is because they get really hungry while they are working outside, meaning that they do not care about the work, but care about the food they will get granted.
This drawing I made is exactly about the topic I noticed. To start explaining, let me start with the left side of the drawing. The pickaxe hitting the rock shows tough work, since it isn't easy to break rocks with only one pickaxe. It also shows what prisoners do in real life, and in the movies, which connects to the book, since Ivan is a prisoner. Now, the drawing in the right is of oatmeal, because it shows what the prisoners eat, and what they really want. Going into further detail, the only available food for lunch and dinner in the Gulag is oatmeal, proving that oatmeal is what prisoners eat. Adding on, the reason I said prisoners really want is because they still starve, even after eating one serving, meaning that they want more than what they get. The arrow in the middle is to show reward. Like I said in the first paragraph, prisoners are granted oatmeal for working more, and in this drawing, the arrow shows that work gets prisoners food.
Overall, there were more topics that appeared in the story, but hunger appeared to be a stronger topic than others.
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