In this rotation, almost half of the pages are about food and how eating works in the prisons. I wondered why the author wrote so many pages of an average lunch time. First of all, I think that the author is trying to tell us the importance of food and survival as usual. Before this part, he also told us many cases in which food seems so precious. In page 72, it narrates, "How often had Shukhov in his youth fed oats to horses! Never had it occurred to him that there'd come a time when his whole soul would yearn for a handful of them." Even Shukhov is surprised that he is putting all his efforts to earning a bowl of oatmeal. Maybe the author himself thought this way when he was a prisoner. This could be a reason why Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn included this pretty long scene in the book, but I would like to know what other people think. For me, it seems quite odd for the author to write so much just about this specific topic.
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Question #2- Why do chef and the inspector get to basically do nothing while the rest of the prisoners work hard?
I don't understand why the chef and the sanitation inspector can rest while the prisoners do nothing. We must consider the fact that it was a communist country during this time, thus all men must be treated and given-as in wealth-equally. The prisoners are a huge example of why the prisoners don't follow the purpose of communism, but I think that page 69-70 (pages that describe the chef and inspector's job) supports the statement. The author obviously thought that this was unfair and included it in the book. That's probably a reason why the authorities banned the book, or else the people in the cities would find out that the government is keeping a secret and that their father or husband aren't being treated like they were promised. I want to know how others feel about this.
Question #3- Why is the office warm and cozy unlike the other indoor areas such as the canteen and the rooms?
When Shukhov went into the office to deliver a kasha to Tsezar, he felt cozy and comfortable staying in the office. Obviously, it would feel more pleasant because it is where the higher positioned authorities stay, such as the captain and superintendent, but why can't they install stoves or other heating system for the prisoners. During the whole book, the prisoners are shivering in cold. The author has spent enough time describing the weather, yet the authorities aren't reacting to the prisoners' wishes. The prisoners are men just like the authorities. They have the right to stay in a healthy condition like the authorities. This relates to the image I made for the illustrious artist post. Stalin is inside a warm room claiming that the prisoners outside are fine and they'll be okay although the prisoners are experiencing the complete opposite. A similar event happened in this part. They both involve temperature conditions and equality disorders.