Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Job: Line Illuminator
Passage #1- "Next, he removed his cap from his shaven head - however cold it was, he wouldn't let himself eat with his cap on." (85)
This passage is an example of Ivans struggle for dignity in this degrading camp. Removing his cap is Ivans' way of displaying that even in this harsh camp, he is still civilized. Even though, it causes him discomfort, Ivan still removes his cap as he feels that civilized people should do this. This passage shows us that the debasing camp still has not been entirely successful in removing the prisoners' humanity.
|Ivan Denisovich eating without a cap|
|Shukhov with his cap|
Passage #2- "You had to be wide awake all the time. Make sure a Warder never saw you on your own, only as one of a crowd. He might be looking for somebody to do a job, or he might just want to take his spite out on you." (94)
This quote is important to the book because it's the first time that the author presents one of the (presumably) main antagonists of the novel. It is also very interesting because it shows us just how scared Ivan is of the guard. It also implies that the guards are so improper that they might beat up a prisoner just because. This kind of makes you think about the fear Ivan has to deal with on a daily basis, and the erratic people in his day-to-day life.
|A Warder (guard)|