One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Pages 106- 133So, towards the beginning of our reading passage, Shukhov brought up the topic of where the moon goes with his squad leader, and I wondered why he had brought up that idea. Shukhov's explanation was that God grinds up the old moon into stars at the end of the night, and makes a new moon for the following night. This lead me to research the main religions in Russia, and found out soon enough that Orthodox Christianity was one of the main ones. Orthodox comes from the term orthodoxy, from Greek ortho + doxa, meaning "correct belief." This then pointed me towards researching the importance of moons in the Chrisitan religion. I found out it has ties with the calendar, and the seemingly complex method to calculate the day in which Easter takes place. It is basically: Easter must be on a Sunday, the Sunday must follow the 14th day of the Paschal moon, the Paschal moon is the Full Moon that falls on or next to the day of the Vernal Equinox, the Vernal Equinox is set on the calendar at March 21.
Then, I saw a connection with the rest of the phrases. I saw that in the rest of the pages Ivan was talking about Easter and Sundays in the camps. He explained how the parcels worked, and that he always hoped he received a parcel each Easter even though he knew he wouldn't get one. Apart from that he described how guards were always ruining their Sundays, and were making up things to get them to work on useless things. Because this all ties up into Easter I am able to infer that somethings will happen regarding that in the following moments of Ivan's life. I suspect it will either be something to do with parcels, Sundays and/or Easter. I enjoyed how the author put in these references that connect to each other behind the scenes, and I would like to see how it plays out in the future. If it is just pure coincidence that these evidences click together then I think it would've been a good opportunity to add some things into the book, get you more involved, and make it a little bit more intricate.
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