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Ivan Denisovich

When communism was established, it was thought to make life easier and create equality amongst all that supported its values. The lifestyle in the Russian gulag under communism is described in the novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovish", written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. After reading and carefully reviewing the facts that were presented in this book, it is vivid that communism had only made life of the Russians much harder and much more cruel than ever before.
Ivan Denisovich, is a struggling prisoner attempting survival inside a Soviet gulag.Ivan Denisovich was also referred to as "Shukhov". Within the novel, Shukhov is simply describing one typical day at the prison, which was located in the coldest part of Russian, Siberia. Denisovich is serving his eighth year of the ten-year sentence that he was given for accusations of treason against his own country's government. When he was questioned about his loyalty to his country, he had two choices, either to tell the truth (that he always served the working people and he was always loyal to his country) and get killed or, he could've untruthfully confessed to treason and be sent to jail. Shukhov began to realize that he wasn't going to be let out of jail when he saw the old man (Y-81) from gang 64 sit near him at supper. Denisovisc herd numerous theories about this old man, which all somehow connected to the fact that he has been here for as long as anyone could remember. Before your sentence is up the guards will find something to pick on you and slap another ten-year sentence in addition to thefirst. The living conditions were very poor and unfortunate. Furthermore, daily food provisions are barely enough for survival. For example, during any meal time, when they were finished with their bowl of mush they would scope around the mess hall to find a bowl that hasn't been licked clean. The prisoner would pick that bowl up and couldn&ap…

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