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Character Study One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich By Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a story about a man Ivan Denisovich Shukhov who is in a Russian Siberian prison camp for expression of anti-Stalinist ideas Alexander Solzhenitsyn describes the events of a single day in this mans life and his struggle to survive He was in the Navy but was discharged because of his Kulak heritage and fled from the authorities before going to the camp Shukhov considers him a good squad leader because he knows how to bribe people and manipulate work reports to protect his men Tyurin the leader of Shukhovs squad is one of the important characters of the book As a nineteen-year-old veteran of the prisons Tyurin is an adept and respected leader who understands how to manipulate the prison system Having known Ivan Denisovich since their days at Ust-Izhma Tyurin personally picks him to join his squad when they transfer to their current camp Tyurin was arrested for being a son of a kulak Tyurin is the leader of the 104th squad of which Shukhov is a member and is serving the second of his two sentences Even though Tyurin is the same age as all of the other members in his gang he still calls everyone boy Tyurin had known Shukhov in the Ust-Izhma camp but he was not in his gang there The prisoners were sentenced under Article 58 a punishment for being Anti-Soviet in Ust-Izhma but had been switched to the penal camp and Tyurin had picked Shukhov out Tyurins gang members show a lot of respect as well as fear You could cheat anyone you liked in the camp but not Tyurin Listening to your gang boss is a wise thing to do if you wanted to stay alive in the camp Shukhov wanted to ask him if they were going to work in
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