One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Introduction, Foreword until page 33
1)Why is Ivan in the camp?
To begin with, Ivan Denisovich is a man that is imprisoned in a camp in the Soviet gulag. Until now, it isn't clear to the reader why this man is in this horrible prison. Clearly, due to it's location, the camp is very cold, and that makes it even worst for the prisoners to live in. In my opinion, a possible reason why Ivan is in a camp, and not just in a regular jail is that he commit ed a very bad crime. Murdering, assaulting, abusing, and so on. In addition, at the time this book takes place, around the 1950's, it is only five years after the World War Two. Possibly, Ivan committed a crime in the war, but maybe there were many people that needed to go to jail, so the government just decided to dump them all in a freezing camp. Concluding, it is still unknown the true reason why Ivan Denisovich is locked up in this camp, and this information will probably be told deeper into the book.
2)Why was this book banned?
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a book that right after it's initial release, was banned in it's author's home country, Russia. This book was banned from Russia for two main reasons. First, it was the first book ever published there that explained how the gulags were one of the government's forms of going against its own people. Plus, this book also offends in some points an old leader from what was known as the Soviet Union. This leader was Joseph Stalin, who was basically a dictator in a communist-type of government. This showed the other side of the equation. It expressed what the prisoners felt, therefore the Russian government decided to ban it.
3)How could his life have changed since he went into the camp?
Obviously, Ivan's life probably changed very much since he went to prison. Yet, it is not what it seems to be. To begin with, assuming that Ivan lived through World Ward Two and soon after it went to the gulag camp, his life, possibly, could have gotten better. Starting of, the war was a terrible time to be living in, especially in Europe. Almost one hundred percent of the countries were involved, including the Soviet Union, and everything that could be heard was gunshots in the air. Most likely, food and safe shelter were difficult to find. On the other hand, in the camp, there is food and there is a place to sleep for the prisoners. Yet, in the prison there is no freedom. Because of this, both sides seem to balance themselves out. All in all, it is clear that Ivan's Life changed after he went to the camp, both in positive and negative ways.