One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich Analysis Of Tyurin

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What is a leader? How can a leader be a prisoner? Why would a prisoner show compassion for others at the risk of putting his own life in jeopardy? These questions that I just shared with you are the basic guideline, the skeleton, of the character of which Alexander Solzhenitsyn portrays in his astonishing and eye-opening novel, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. Mr. Solzhenitsyn has created a very peculiar personality for a very unique individual, and in this novel he finds that distinctive character, that one person that is fit to present this special individualism, and that man, is Tyurin. Tyurin is a veteran in the Russian labour camp as he has spent a total of nineteen years in prison facilities. When we hear this we think, what could a man have done to receive such a severe punishment? Murder? Rape? Theft? All of these ideas come to mind, but would any of us live to believe that Tyurin was imprisoned due to a family relation? We learn how and why Tyurin was initially imprisoned when he re-tells his story to his fellow prisoners while they are huddled around a fire eating the extra rations that he had got for them. Tyurin's story of how he ran away from home and joined the Red Army but was later dismissed because his father was a kulak, a member of the landed middle class that was disliked by the Soviet regime, is an event that strengthens him as in spite of his unfair treatment, Tyurin has not grown bitter and vicious but instead treats his prisoners fairly as he knows that his experience has also occurred to all of his listeners in the camp. Tyurin's transformation at the Power Station work site is one of the most emotional moments in the novel, and it is here that we stop despising him as a cold-hearted law enforcer and start sympathizing with him as a victim of injustice. At a first glace, Tyurin is seen as a difficult, mean, and daunting man such as when he catches the boys trying to get near a stove to warm up he says, "Get on with the job first or I'll warm your asses for you!" Or even when he stares Gopchik down with a look of murder and says, "Get on with the job, you little squirt." There is no denying that Tyurin is a tough man but at heart he is he is a good human being, a fair man, and a disciplined officer. He is dedicated to his job and encourages his prisoners to do good work. His subordinates respect him for his fairness and his willingness to fight for them such as when he goes to the officials and convinces them to allow his gang to remain at the power plant, rather than to be sent to some deserted harsh site. He also gives excuses on their behalf when the night guard complains about Caesar and the Captain for...

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