I thought that the reason why they treated the prisoners this poorly, it was because I feel like the guards don't want to be guards in this Gulag as well, I feel that as much as the prisoners don't want to be there, so is the guards. This shows that the prisoners are being treated poorly because the guards despise the place, and they don't want to stay there. I think of that because in the book the prisoners look like they are calm, and still the guards treat them like that? I would agree if the prisoners were causing a riot, but in this case they are not, and when the guards check their baggage, what they do is they eat a part of the good food, which may be showing that they re not really fed well?
Another question is, why do the prisoners just stay up with these guards?
I know that you can't fight the guards, but I think they should, to show that if the prisoners aren't treated better they will fight over it, but what I really think is that the reason why the prisoners don't fight with the guards, is because they are trying to survive in that prison, and to survive they will need to stay each one on their own, because if they just decide to fight over everything, the guards will treat them each time even more poorly, and some privileges will be taken from him, for example, by fighting the guards he may get a harder labor work, or receive less food than he already had, so you will need more food because you are basically starving, and you will need easier work so you don't get tired.
My last question, would be a question that I had for a long time, why would the prisoners be put in such a horrible place like the Gulag?
The reason why I think they are put in such a horrible place, is that so the prisoners will never do it again, because, they have felt of the worse, and the experiences they had in the Gulag, they will never want to have again, so they will not do anything bad again. For example, what Ivan is experiencing is starvation, so now that he has experienced from the worse, he won't do it again, because he knows that if he gets arrested, again he will feel the same thing he felt, the lack of food, the excess of labor, all of this, would be stuck to his memory, probably as the worst part of his life, so he would do everything to not go in there again. I think that the reason that they put so much fear and do so much bad things for the prisoners, is all planned, so that they will never have somebody return to the Gulag.