One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich | Study Guide

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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one-day-in-the-life-of-ivan-denisovich-aleksandr-solzhenitsynhe days rolled by ... but the years ... never moved by a second.NarratorSources: Alexander Solzhenitsyn by D.M. Thomas,, Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Dignity & TrustPrisoners have dignity through pride in work and others’ trust.CorruptionBetter treatment depends on bribing camp officials for favors.Injustice & Irrational RulesInmates could be punished severely for breaking absurd rules.ThemesShukhovs strong, crafty squad leader; bribes officials for his squads benefitTiurinPrisoner whose frequent, well-stocked packages earn him privileges, like wearing a fur hatTsezarDevout Baptist imprisoned for religious beliefs; sees prison as spiritual freedomAlyoshaPolitical prisoner; gets along with others, keeps his dignity, and survivesIvan Denisovich ShukhovMain CharactersSolzhenitsyn was arrested for anti-Stalin comments, sent to a Soviet labor camp for political prisoners, and later exiled. His experiences of hardship and injustice while in prison and exile provided the content for some of his writing. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN19182008AuthorUnjustly imprisoned, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov is serving a 10-year sentence in a Soviet labor camp where inmates are freezing, overworked, and starving. The story follows a day in Shukhovs life, in which he fights for the will to survive despite brutal work and dehumanizing conditions.Scrabbling to Survive a Soviet Labor CampSYMBOLSSymbolize the outside world and are consumed or used for tradePackagesSymbolizes Shukhovs free will and individuality because he made it himselfShukhovs SpoonAs a matter of life or death, represents sustenance BreadRussianOriginal Language1962Year PublishedAlexander SolzhenitsynAuthorOne Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichDramaNovella

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