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A Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich The protagonist predicament The protagonist of the novel is Ivan Denisovich Shukov prisoner number S-854 The novel written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich as the title suggests one day in the life of Ivan Denisovich The author himself experiencing a similar fate as Ivan Denisovich but he only had an eight year sentence Solzhenitsyns Personal beliefs are portrayed in the characters that interact with Ivan Ivan Denisovich was arrested while in the army and accused of betraying the Soviet Union in order to spy for Germany He confessed because he knew he would be executed if he didnt and was sent to the gulag a Siberian Labour Camp He has a wife and children back in his village but he is only allowed to write to them twice a year He is serving the eighth year of his ten-year sentence Yet he doesnt believe that once he has completed his sentence he will be allowed to go back home to his family As the government could postpone his sentence within the blink of an eye Ivan is his first name and Denisovich is his patronymic name the form of his name in the title is a form of respectful address in Russian Shukov is the name presumably of his parents He uses his determination resourcefulness and positive attitude to survive the horrors of his camp life Ivan manages to survive this one day but tomorrow and the next day and the next years will have the small daily struggles as this day that is described This is not only for him but also for all his fellow prisoners He continues to remain alive as he is a logical independent thinker and most of all a survivor He does extra work around the camp to get some extra rations or some ruble the currency of Russia He is considerate and
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