Week 1: vii (introduction) xviii; xix-(foreward) xxii; pp. 3-22
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Week #1 - Connection Captain
To being with, the novel 'One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, starts off at a Siberian labor camp whom Ivan has been captive and kept in for 10 long lasting years. Through out those unpleasant years, Ivan Denisovich explains and describes how the struggles were which he has been through, for example the dreadful cold days with that, hardly any clothes to warm him or lack of food given to him. With that, one morning Ivan overslept due to his ill feeling and was punished for it with a latrine duty.
A connection which I've noticed while reading the little much, was how and when Ivan was slightly waking up in the morning at , waking up for another day at the cold breeze outside. Although he overslept, as mentioned before, due to his ill feeling, Ivan saw this as 'normal'. As in a 'normal' routine every morning for him. As the author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn described Ivans thoughts, 'he had wished morning would never come, but the morning came as usual.' Personally, I don't believe this should be considered as a 'normal' morning routine at all. Unfortunately, today this dreadful morning routine has been considered to some people a regular or ordinary routine around the globe. Waking up to a world where you are abused and harmed.
This relates to an article which talks about a particular twelve year old, Alejandra whom is woken up at four in the morning by her father, Don Jose. Young Alejandra does not go to school, instead for living, the article explains how 'Alejandra collects curiles, small molluscs in the mangrove swamps on the island of Espiritu Santo in Usulutan, El Salvador.' In the early hurry mornings to get to work, Alejandra does not have time to even eat her own breakfast. Due to that is to get all she needs for her dreadful 14 hours at work in the mud.