1. Why do the prisoners have to make up for the day that they did not have to work due to the blizzards?
I think that what the authorities are trying to tell them is that there is no time for them to rest. Throughout all my comments and my posts I have been saying that either the prisoners were but in the gulag because they did something really bad or they were put in there by mistake. I think that the authorities are trying to tell them that they are going to regret doing whatever they do and that is by torturing them. The prisoners will have to work every single day, and do every single thing that the authorities tell them to do or else they will have to do their work another day. I have been really thinking when I am reading the book and every time that I hear something really bad that the
authorities do I feel really bad for those prisoners who were mistakenly thrown into the gulag. I feel like they are doing work, for no reason. On the other hand, for those who actually should be in the gulag I feel like the authorities are trying to make them learn a lesson, and they feel like the best way to do that is by not letting the prisoners rest.
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2. Do you think that the authorities are over exaggerated?
As I mentioned above I think that the prisoners deserve not to be treated politely, but sometimes I think that the authorities over exaggerate. I think that the prisoners are either to learn a lesson, and to know that they should never make the same error again. Although, sometimes I think that the guard are being way to strict on the prisoners and that if they keep doing that all of the prisoners will die and the gulag will close. For example, the prisoners were avoiding letting the cold get in because they would die if they were exposed to that weather. I feel like on those occasions the prisoners should stop working, and they should receive at least proper clothes so that they won't freeze to death. I feel like they want to the prisoners to get killed, so why instead of making them do so much work and make the prisoners suffer just kill them
3. Why does the government have the power to extend the years a prisoner has to be in the gulag?
I think that the government can't only choose if the person has to have extend years of punishment or not. I think that they have to follow some guidelines. For example, has the prisoner not followed the rules often. Or does the prisoner gets in a lot of fights with authorities and even other prisoners. Also, do you think that the prisoner has not learned his or her lesson yet. I think that the government should have to follow these rules before making a decision in wether the prisoner will or will not have to stay extra years in the gulag. If the government did not have to follow the rules and make a decision based on their instincts I think that it would not be fare for all of the fellow prisoners. They all get a time when they are released, for example Shukhov's was 10 years and if they have to stay longer for no reason the government looses their point in even making time limits, they should just dismiss the people whenever they feel like they should.