Violence and Brutality - Research Article from Literary Themes: War and Peace

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Violence and Brutality

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One of the most effective ways to address this theme is to present fictional characters against the backdrop of actual historical events. Arthur Koestler, in his 1940 novel Darkness at Noon, states in a short preface that his main character Rubashov "is a synthesis of a number of men who were victims of the so-called Moscow Trials. Several of them were personally known to the author." One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, presents exactly what its title promises: the experiences of one prisoner over the course of a day in a Soviet forced labor camp of the 1950s. The main character, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, is fictional, but his experiences are based on Solzhenitsyn's days in Soviet prison camps from 1945 to 1953. The graphic physical details and the intense psychological insight Solzhenitsyn provides are all the more dramatic and effective for...

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