Saturday, October 18, 2014

Historical Context - Julia Jacob - #2

This great novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is completely based upon the Russian Soviet Union, where times were unfair for certain people, as we can see.  This form of government was also turned into Russian Provisional Government for a very short period of time until it was overthrown in November 7, 1917. The revolutionaries known as the Red Guards overthrew the Union. (Wikipedia, "Soviet Union"). The Red Guards stormed into the Winter Palace in Petrograd ending the previous government form and leaving all political power to the Soviets. This became known as the Great October Socialist Revolution (Wikipedia, "Soviet Union"). I believe that this idea influenced the novel because the author seems to try and have the reader experience the sensation of being in prison, and living during that time period. The characteristics of unjust lack of freedom of speech and even human rights are being portrayed. For our generation, we luckily haven't experienced this terrible time period, but the author/narrator is trying to teach the audience about the conditions of the people and this is something that will not only help us gain knowledge, but it also demonstrates how privileged we are to have a home,  more than two pairs of shoes, different clothes and abundant food amounts.

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