Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Question Commander - Berni Richards

Question Commander - Week #4 - Bernardita

Bernardino Richards
Week #3 - pp. 106 - 133
Job - Question Commander

To being with the following questions, about the slight chapters I've read so far of the novel, One Day in the Life, which have been upon my head through out these four weeks would be quite relevant to real life thoughts and questions. And these questions are mainly about the concept of the prison and the people whom are being kept there.

Question #1 - 
Through this novel, it kept me thinking of which if the man whom are in prison are they mainly bad people or victims?

In general, the people whom are brought and kept in prison are those whom have committed a crime or so. But that kept me thinking, what about the Leaders, cooks or the guards? Why do they have to suffer through that dreadful cold days, not enough food? Aren't they all in there because of the Stalins Government? Because, whoever is kept or protecting this camp is truly going through a brutal time, fighting the cold days and night and also the lack of food. Even if the leaders end up eating more than the rest, it still isn't really a normal everyday life. But as mentioned on my first blogpost, what is a normal life routine? Overall, they mainly all work day and night, being forced by the Stalin's government ways and punishments. Is that really fair?

Questions #2 -
How does the government, whom controls the camp expects that the prisoners will change through out their time being?

People whom are brought to these types of camps, are brought there to be changed or to learn their lesson for terrible things they've done in their past. There are huge quantities of people who after being kept there, change, but sometimes don't. Even in normal life, when people do something bad, they don't change after that even though they highly know what they have done was bad. It normally depends on the person, but it's best to change and to be accepted or qualified as a good person, not bad. Their way of thinking changes through out time by specific punishments, but how do the guards know that these people won't end up doing the same terrible things as before? What do you believe?

Moving into more about the novel, One day in the Life -

Question #3 -
Who do you believe that the author is putting in too much about the concept about food or meals through out the novel?

To being, my thoughts to this question, is that I believe the concept of the author for bringing up the topic, 'food' or 'meal' is to us to see how it really is and what is going on in these labor camps. So we can see a slight picture of it. Previously reading about the concept of the cold days and how Ivan wakes up with feeling slight ill, not much comfort to warm him with his temperature, etc. Now the author is moving on to the concept of lack of food. With those two concepts, we get to understand more about the concept of a prisoners life and how its deal is. As read how Ivan hides and scraps pieces of bread, the crusts,  yearning for an extra bowl of oatmeal, or just how Ivan eats his meal. You start to think about how grateful and thankful with the amount of food you receive daily, much more than a slight piece of bread. People around the globe suffer of starvation everyday and we sometimes just take it for granted. Are you grateful?

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