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Real World Connections
Transcript of Real World Connections
By Spencer, Nicole, Asima, Amity, & Mario
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn "The Gulag Archipelago")
Archetypal/ Symbolic/ Mythic
Real World Connections
The author was sentenced to eight years in a Russian work camp in the same time period (1940's to 1950's)
The author was accused of referring to Stalin disrespectfully
The life of Ivan mirrors the author's
The author's horrible experience at the camp tainted his view
Author's write what they know
This novel opened our eyes to how a Russian labor camp operates.
The authors time in a labor camp gives the novel a very realistic feel.
We would only recommend this novel if you are very interested in slow pace, historical fiction.
We would give this book a 2/5.
Relevance to World History
Human Experience Contribution
Skukhov beats his fellow prisoners by being the fastest brick layer.
He gets extra rations of bread which makes him proud realizing he is the hardest worker.
Shukhov enjoys the advantages of being the best bricklaying worker
He still is receiving extra bread and helpings at supper
WW2 concentration camps
Author's own life in the Russian Gulag camps
Stalin's brutal rule of Russia
The novel, "Night" by Elie Wiesel
The movie, "Shawshank Remption"
Anticipating things in life
No-man left behind
Life isn't fair
Perspectives are varied
"In camp the squad leader is everything: a good one will give you a second life; a bad one will put you in your coffin" (52).
"Writing letters now was like throwing stones into a bottomless pool. They sank without a trace. No point in telling the family which gang you worked in and what your foreman, Andrei Prokofyevich Tyurin, was like. Nowadays you had more to say to Kildigs, the Latvian, than to the folks at home"(52).
Takes place in Russian Labor camp HQ
Thought to be in Siberia
About Ivan's day in the labor camp
Ivan is punished for being late to work because he felt sick
He develops a fever and aching muscles but is still sentenced to work
His physical and mental health is threatened
Ivan concludes the day with realizing he had an "almost happy day"
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
By: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Ivan Denisovich (Shukhov)
This one day shows the repetitiveness of life in the camp
Labor camps are brutal and unfair
Part of the punishment is the constant schedule that everyone must follow
Teamwork and staying optimistic in this type of situation will keep you alive
"Far in the distance, on the other side...the sun, red and enormous, was rising in haze, its beams cutting obliquely through the gates...Shukov gazed at the sun and looked happy, a smile on his lips" (54).
"His mind and his eyes were studying the wall, the façade of the Power Station...Whoever had been laying there before was either a bungler or a slacker. Shukhov would get to know every inch of that wall as if he owned it" (124).