How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed (Individualism)

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed (Individualism)...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Al-Sherri, Amenah History 102, Prof. Grayzel Paper Option No. 3 November 30, 2007 Slavenka Drakulic’s collection of essays entitled, “How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed” provides a revealing glimpse of Eastern Europe under Communist rule. By showing the denials of basic human needs, Drakulic demonstrates the Communist quest for the destruction of the individual. Despite the many attempts by the government to destroy the individual, by rebelling in small, seemingly unimportant ways, the residents of Eastern Europe refused to give up their basic needs and rights. Even though Eastern Europeans were faced with Communist ideology on a daily basis, what mattered to them the most was basic needs. Signs reading, “Workers of the World, Unite!” were posted throughout Eastern Europe. In “The Power of the Powerless,” Vaclav Havel states, “I think it can safely be assumed that the overwhelming majority of shopkeepers never think about the slogans they put in their windows, not do they use them to express their real opinions.” Ideology took a back seat to the basic human needs of the population. Drakulic discusses the difficulty of finding toilet paper. People were often forced to buy Golup, course brown folded sheets that sold for a third of the price of toilet paper (Drakulic, 66). Often, they weren’t able to buy toilet paper because it wasn’t available. Sanitary napkins for women were also difficult to find. They were typically forced to use cotton batting, but even that was difficult to obtain. Despite the Communist ideology, women still attempted to be feminine.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 102 taught by Professor Grayzel during the Fall '08 term at Ole Miss.

Page1 / 4

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed (Individualism)...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online