One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 27 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
This section contains 1,432 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Study Guide
Bolan is an adjunct faculty member of Columbia College of Missouri extensions, a published writer of essays, short stories, and poems, and a playwright. In the following essay, she examines Ivan as the protagonist in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and how this character affects setting, symbol, and theme in a literary, political, and personal way.

When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote his testament to truth, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, he based it on his own experience, but he chose for a protagonist a Russian peasant. This choice of the common man, whose code of prison ethics is a blueprint for survival, affects the setting, symbol, and theme in a literary, political, and personal way.

In a literary and even political way, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov as the protagonist represents Russia more than any other type; his peasant wisdom goes unquestioned and his motive...

(read more)

This section contains 1,432 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.