1. How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?
The authot of the book, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was also taken to a prison, where he was inspired to write this novel. He was unfairly taken to one of the prisons when he expressed his opinion to the leader of the Sovietic Union, Joseph Stalin. Just like Aleksandr, Ivan had to go to a prison too, and just like Aleksandr he was spired to do a novel about what happened during his time in the sovietic prison.
I chose this image because it represents Nelson Mandela, who was arrested, convicted of conspirancy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment unfairly because he was leading a sabotage campaign against the government.