Is the book’s structure chronological or does it move back and forth between past and present? Does the author use a single (first or third person) viewpoint or shifting points of view? Why might the author have chosen to tell the story this way and how does it influence the reader’s understanding?
In the book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the entire books structure was chronological, meaning it followed a consistent pattern of time. This may influence the experience of the reader because, it infers to the title, in which the entire story is just one day in the life of a gulag prisoner. Depending on the time frame and if it runs on a chronological order, it may confuse the readers with different times of the day in a wrong order. The author uses a first person point of view to make the story realistic and enhance the feelings in the story as well as the overall experience. This first person view amplifies the sentiment and advances the care and sympathy for the main character Ivan Denisovich which makes us appreciate the book and try to make connections. Alexander Solzhenitsyn make specific choices when choose to write the book in a way that connects to the reader and makes him sympathize with the main character, the way he makes see through the characters eyes his entire day, and how he used both of these methods to transmit how horrid these gulag camps were to the prisoners.