Monday, March 23, 2015

Historical Context - James

What is the cultural and educational background of the author and how did this background influence the book?  In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?

The author of the book A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich is named Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who was born in 1918. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born a Russian. He was a writer, soldier, and a teacher. When he was in the Soviet Union he was caught sending letters with some messages that were thought to be against his country. He was then sent to a Gulag Camp which was a work/detention camp made by Stalin (Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom). The book explains a day in the life of a prisoner of one of these camps.

The author wanted to show his readers what really went on inside of a Gulag camp. The book was one of the first books published after Stalin's rule came to an end. This was a major breakthrough in Russia and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was able to get his message across of how miserable Gulags were (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich).

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