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Be kind everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle In the story of One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn the people in the story are fighting their own hard battle The person in this story that is fighting a hard battle is Ivan Denisovich The story takes place in Siberia inside a special prison camp in Siberia The book discusses about how a man faced a day in this special camp Ivan Denisovich is a former carpenter who was sent off to war in World War II After being captured by the enemy he and his fellow comrade escape and returns back to his squad His comrade however was not so lucky while entering their squads camp the guards mistakes the two for enemies and shoots Ivans friend When he returns to his camp his Russian leaders believe that he was sent back by the enemy as a spy for information about military movements and other things that may help Had his fellow escapee still have been alive Stalins supersensitive secret police might have let him go However he was sent to a special camp where people who committed treason went to work and construct buildings Ivan is serving his ten-year term for treason We start the story as the prisoners are awakened to the raucous sound of a hammer hitting a steel rail Ivan does not get up immediately as he usually does Instead because he feels sick he tries to stay in bed for as long as he can and hopes to get on the sick list A guard who witnesses Ivans slow movements pretends to take him away for punishment for his tardiness On the contrary the guard only wants Ivan to clean the floor of the guardroom After completing his simple task rather frivolously he goes off for breakfast which has turned cold Someone in his squad has saved his breakfast for him Bread rations
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