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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a story about a man Ivan Denisovich Shukhov who is in a Russian Siberian prisonlabor camp for expression of anti-Stalinistic ideas The story describes the events of a single day in this mans life and his struggle to survive I feel that the main theme of this book is survival However Ivan shows the reader that survival on your own isnt always possible You can only provide so much for yourself on your own People must work as a team helping one another in order to get things accomplished overcome challenges and survive Shukhov withstands the conditions of the camp while it would be easy to give in to despair Des Pres 49 When he arrived in the camp Ivan realized that it would be hard to survive the environment Little food was given and the prisoners only received what they needed to stay alive They were treated as though they werent human Cognizant that it would be necessary to work with others in order to survive Ivan spends some of his time daily doing things to help others Through the good deeds that Ivan accomplishes he earns the respect of the other prisoners and is sometimes rewarded with extra food He does simple things like laying out other prisoners shoes for them or bringing some of them their food at a meal One time Ivan waits in line to get Tsezar his parcel Tsezar is a rich prisoner who works little or not at all and talks about the luxuries outside of the prison When Ivan returns he asks Tsezar if he can bring dinner to him Tsezar instead allows Ivan to have his dinner Shukhov helps Tsezar out an awful lot and he is rewarded almost each and every time with a piece of food or something from Tsezars parcel Every little bit helped Everyone does what he can to benefit the
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