Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ivanna Hidalgo - Historical Context

To begin with, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is mainly about a Russian soldier named Ivan (Shukhov) who tells the story of one of his days living in a Siberian labor camp.

Firstly, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich is pretty important and explains a great amount of history; however, how did this come to be written? Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote this book, but what was the reason of it? Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in December 11th of the year 1918, in Kislovodsk, Russia and died August 3rd of the year 2008 ("Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Biography - Author, Educator, Activist"). As a matter of fact Alexander Solzhenitsyn became an author, educator, and mostly interestingly an activist.

Alexander was primarily known as a considerable author. Based on the analysis of his books, Alexander Solzhenitsyn's main genre was literature and fiction. Additionally, Alexander was a Soviet and Russian historian, novelist, and dramatist. Through out his writing career, he made society see many things about the Gulag, and how the labor camps were like. Moreover, one of his best known books written by him were One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago ("Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Goodreads"). In detail, The Gulag Archipelago connects to One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich because it's about the Soviet camp labor systems. In 1970, Solzhenitsyn was awarded with a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Secondly, he was exiled from the Soviet Union, right after the writing of The Gulag Archipelago, caused to treason. Ultimately, Solzhenitsyn traveled to the United States and came to live in some kind of private environment of Vermont, where he kept writing his books ("Remembering Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn").

As a different point, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich was influenced by Alexander's historical/cultural background because he was put to work in a labor camp for 8 years caused to a letter that contained critical information about Stalin. Solzhenitsyn was released in the year 1953. At first he wrote for pleasure, but by the year 1962, he was able to publish One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Ivan’s experiences in a prison camp). Furthermore, this book was also the first published story of life in a Soviet labor camp.

Evidently, this connects to the book because it talks about how the author and Ivan spent many years in agony, in a disgusting prison/camp. One's thought was that the author should have had a certain history with having freedom taken away or something of the sort. Also, a book can't have that much of detail, and not have any connection with the author. For example, the book Persepolis was a book that was based on the author, Marji Satrapi. Persepolis was connected the author because of the Islamic Revolution.

Events in the book revealing evidence of the author’s world view... ("One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Quotes")
1) Hunger
"The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.” 

“He ate his supper without bread. A double helping and bread--that was going too far. The bread would do for tomorrow. The belly is a demon. It doesn't remember how well you treated it yesterday; it'll cry out for more tomorrow.” 

2) Captivity
“You should rejoice that you're in prison. Here you have time to think about your soul.” 

3) Unbearable weather
“It's warmed up a bit," Shukhov decided. "Eighteen below, no more. Good weather for bricklaying.”

Finally, all of these quotes relate to how the Alexander and book connect since he could relate to how these feelings were like, most noticeably many authors can't seem to show the right way to describe a deadly event.

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