One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Pages 106- 133
In the beginning of our reading section, there was a part where all the prisoners are delayed from entering the camp because of a missing prisoner. This image represents the moment where the prisoners were waiting at the gate.
To me, this section was very impacting. You can really see the ferocity and animalistic nature of these prisoners when the other prisoner goes missing. Even though Shukhov had originally been the one who was late, he himself a few minutes later changed into the raging beasts that had greeted him upon his arrival. This sort of primitive rage that was displayed when the prisoner was missing shows us how terrible the conditions must be in the camp for these prisoners to resort to such barbarian means. In the text, Shukhov even admits that if the guards were to hand the late prisoner to the zeks that they would rip him apart. This shows us how this gulag has broken these men to a point of no return. These men will do anything to get into the gate, even if it means ripping their comrades apart.