In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, what does "some thoughts on comrades and bread" mean?
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 both his own hunger and the various prisoners that he works alongside. He thinks about Alyosha's faith and discusses the importance of having a good gang boss to ensure the survival of the members of the gang. Various members of the gang are described: Senka Klevshin and two Estonians.
However, Ivan is still feeling ill, and begins to chew at the bread that he saved from his morning ration whilst he contemplates the former wasteful way in which he treated food before his prison sentence. Reflections about his fellow comrades are therefore juxtaposed by a massive decision that Ivan needs to make. He has to decide whether to eat his half bread ration now or leave it for later. His reflection on how he glutted his stomach before he came to Siberia indicates the way that prison life has taught him to look upon food in a very different way. It is something to be respected and to be carefully guarded.