In my opinion, this book was controversial because it had not been written through the eyes of one specific person: Shukhov was poor, uneducated – a peasant, but he could tell a story. Through him the spirit of the Russian man was heard and this was to prove dangerous.
An example from the book is in page number 34, when the warden informs him that Shukhov—identified officially as prisoner “Shcha-854”—will be punished for not getting up at the proper time. He says that Shukhov’s sentence will be three days in the hole. This shows that people do not have the freedom to choose. And if they make a choice they get punished.