Man versus Society
Ivan represents the common man; the immediate society he lives in is prison. Every day he struggles to survive physically and psychologically. The prison supplies him with the bare necessities: food, shelter, and a job. His choices are few, but the one great choice is his: to live or to die. His choice to survive impacts the greater society: man can go on despite whatever cruelties society imposes.
The Truth versus the Lie
Ivan was imprisoned in the forced labor camp for the crime of high treason. During World War II, the Germans...
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