One Day in the Life
- What theme or themes does the author explore in the novel? Which passages in the text connect to theme?
The famous novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" contains numerous themes, but the one which seems most present in the novel is Respect. Alexandr became faous in 1962 with the publication of the novel in the leading Soviet leterary journal of the time, Novy Mir (New World).
Despite the horrible living conditions in the Gulag which they were imprisoned, the prisoners try their best to treat each other with respect and kindness. Although they live in inhumane circumstances, like receiving only 200 grams of bread per day (Solzenhenitsyn, 17), and sleeping in flat mattresses with holes in them (Solzenhenitsyn, 5), shows that they are able to overcome obstacles for the sake of respect.