"One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich" By Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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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 squad's camp, the guards mistakes the two for enemies and shoots Ivan's 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, Stalin's 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 Ivan's 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 and cold soup is all he receives. He decides to save his bread rations and puts them in his coat pocket and heads off to see the doctor. As he gets to the camp hospital, a doctor checks his temperature and tells him that he must go to work since the sick list was made the previous night. Ivan walks back to his barracks and hides the bread rations he saved into a hole in his mattress. Ivan then joins the rest of the prisoners for the daily roll call, which is to be followed by a march to their squad's work site. Ivan's squad is assigned to continue building a power plant. The weather outside is blistering cold and prisoners are trying to find a way to keep themselves warm. Ivan and another worker go out and try to find something to cover up the open windows with. They steal some roofing felt from the camp to use. Ivan's "boss" named Tiurin negotiates to work quota that determines their food rations. Ivan and the rest of the workers must lay bricks on the second story of the plant. They prepare the tools, mortar, bricks, and their work assignments before they start. This takes them the rest of the mornings until their noon break.During lunch, Ivan tricks the kitchen staff into...

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