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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich-Book Report Setting This book explains a single day in Ivan Denisovichs live in a Siberian prison camp The story is taking place during Joseph Stalins Red Terror program between 1945 and 1953 But I think this specific day is in no case different from any other ones of his possible 25 year prison term Major Characters Ivan Denisovich Shukhov The main character of the story Ivan Denisovich is in the eighth year of a ten-year prison term Imprisoned unjustly during WWII for treason he has learned over the years not to be bitter but live every day for itself He is the consummate prisoner with the know-how and optimistic attitude to get through the tortuous days The story follows one day of his life in a Siberian labor camp from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed Fetiukov A former office worker of some rank overseer he is considered the lowest rank in the 104th hierarchy No one in his squad respects Fetiukov because he is one to lick others leftovers He scrounges for anything he can get not concerned about maintaining any degree of dignity and self-control In the mess hall Fetiukov often gets beaten up during fights over leftovers Alyosha Ivan Denisovichs top bunk neighbor Alyosha is deeply religious and spends most of his time praying and reading the bible he has kept hidden in a chink in the wall Alyosha is content with prison life because it gives him time to think about God and about his soul Ivan Denisovich respects Alyosha because he works hard serves everyone and does not engage in the dubious survival tactics of the other prisoners Before the prisoners go to sleep Alyosha shares his faith with Ivan Denisovich Tiurin The squad leader of Ivan Denisovichs 104th division As a nineteen-year veteran of the
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