Saturday, September 27, 2014

Question Commander- Maria Antonia Maia

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Page 134- 167

Question #1: 
Why does Solzhenitsyn describe only a single day of Shukhov’s life? 
      Solzhenitsyn describes only a single day of Shukhov’s life because its how he lives his life in the camp. He just thinks about what is happening at the moment and not about the future. All he concerns are about the events that are happening now and nothing talks about the future. For Shukhov time is meanness and doesn't really make a difference for him. Since he thinks this way, he lives every moment and every experience he gets without any worries about what is going to happen tomorrow. 

      His days are not planned by him, he doesn't get to choose what he is going to do next, everything he does the Soviet Government were the ones who decided it. Imagine living a life like this, were you can't make your own plans and what you want to do next. That is why he considers his life to be boring, he cant make any decisions and everything he does is controlled by the Soviet Government. His life is just a repetition every day, and he is not sure if he is going to be a live tomorrow. 
Question #2
What is so political about this novel?

This novel was political because of the truth it had hidden and all the opinions that were given throughout the book. Solzhenitsyn writes about situations and things that show the truth about World War II. He wrote about people and details about the labor camp that the Soviet state never allowed to be written or described.  This book describes all the problems with the communists and all the rules that were broken inside the Labor camp.  No one ever described a labor camp in the Soviet literature, and people weren't even allowed to talk about it. The little they new about it was because someone from their family was sent there. This book changed it all. It told everyone the details and things no one should know. That is the reason why it was banned until 1989. 

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