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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Unsurprisingly, Solzhenitsyn's narrative is from his title character's point of view. The result of this decision is that we see the situations and the characters as Shukhov sees them, not from an...

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is a novel full of many kinds of betrayal, both real and imagined. Several types of betrayal from the novel are reflected in the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2013, 1:03 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Shukhov's spoon is an important symbol because its symbolism (1) adds to his characterization and (2) reveals how he survives prison camp. [It might be noted that "Shukhov" is another name for Ivan...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013, 9:54 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

"Man's inhumanity against man" is when humans deny the worth and dignity of other humans and take actions against others that are cruel and pitiless. The underlying presupposition (i.e., the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn develops the theme of survival through both the singular focus on the title character and showing a panorama of various characters's actions. He delves into the strategies,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Toward the end of the novel, Shukhov and Alyosha have a conversation about prayer. Shukhov, though he was just praying, does not see how prayer can help when one is in a labour camp. He says a...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012, 5:22 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The novel portrays one day in the life of a prisoner who has been wrongly sentenced to a Soviet gulag for an infraction he did not commit. By focusing on just one day, from sunrise to sunset,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn establishes this important theme of friendship right from the outset of the novel. He first brings up the theme of friendship while establishing Denisovitch's...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

You appear to have the Signet Classics edition (1998). The "belly is a demon" quote is on page 118.

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008, 1:30 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

In my opinion, the theme of friendship is prominent in Solzhenitsyn's novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. In fact, Solzhenitsyn starts with this theme right away. Desperate at the...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2015, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The totality of the power of the Russian government is shown in its stripping the prisoners of all shreds of their former life. The way that they are not referred to by their names but by a...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013, 9:13 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Solzhenitsyn wrote this novel, an account of the life of a prisoner in a Stalinist gulag, at a fortunate time. Khrushchev, who had privately denounced Stalin in the late 1950s, publicly embarked on...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 11:05 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One way in which life in the Soviet Union is commented on is through the theme of crime and punishment. The novel presents a series of "offences" or "crimes" that have resulted in the prisoners...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013, 9:25 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

In the begininning of the novel, Shukhov is a resourceful, hard-working, and intelligent person with a sense of self-worth and integrity. The opening pages show how he always gets up early so that...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012, 5:31 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Numbering removes individualism while preserving identity. It doesn't allow for differences of nationality, religion, or culture, which can often be demonstrated through naming. Solzhnitsyn often...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2012, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Usually "impact" refers to dramatic impact of a play or literary element on the audience or reader. For example, the impact may be to produce suspense or sympathy or immediacy. When you combine...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich played an important role in the growth of dissidents, or people who disagreed with Soviet policies, and in the independence movements in the...

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which portrays life in the Soviet gulags (or forced labor camps), had a role in the reforms of an earlier Soviet Premier,...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

His full name is Ivan Denisovich Shukov. Shukov is his last name. The name Ivan, in Russia, is as common as the name John in English. Therefore, he is called by his last name, Shukov.

Latest answer posted August 26, 2008, 5:53 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a work by Alexander Solzhenistyn, set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s. Solzhenistyn himself spent eight years in Soviet prison camps. The novel’s...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is about the daily life of Ivan Denisovich Shukhov (referred to in the book as "Shukhov") in a Soviet gulag, or forced labor camp....

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 12:53 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Shukov has always understood that to have food is to survive, but he understands clearly that this survival is only based partly on the human body's need for calories. The food, the filling of the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2008, 8:11 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Ivan's cleverness and resourcefulness are one aspect of his character that helps him to survive. When a guard was going to sentence Ivan to ten days in the guardhouse, he discovers the...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007, 6:04 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

"How can you expect a man who's warm to understand a man who's cold?" Solzhenitsyn writes in his novel of a Russian concentration camp, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. This is the challenge...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010, 11:11 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The basic question of the novel is how a person can keep his humanity in a system that is designed to take his humanity away. Shukov and the other prisoners are able to somehow keep their dignity,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2007, 10:55 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

This is a very broad question, and it's complicated by the fact that most of us are probably reading Solzhenitsyn in translation. Therefore the unique qualities of his Russian prose are...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020, 5:58 am (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

In Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the prisoners are not permitted to use the word comrade. The protagonist was briefly captured by the Germans as a...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The theme of time is incredibly important in "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." The protagonist Shukov frequently contemplates how to best use his time, and the fact that the real punishment...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One of the most surprising things about the short story is Shukhov's apparent optimism regarding the events of the day. He is happy when he gets time in the morning to be free. He is also happy...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The meaning of this phrase relates to the content of this particular section of the text. As Ivan's gang comes to the worksite and begins to settle into its routine of working, Ivan contemplates...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

This is difficult to answer, considering all the various definitions of pride. One instance that immediately comes to mind is Shukhov's feelings about the wall that he helps build in the power...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Ivan Denisovich Shukhov very much wants to survive. He uses numerous strategies to increase the likelihood of his survival; these efforts occupy him constantly. For example, he wakes up early,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 5:09 am (UTC)

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