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They sank without a trace. No point in telling the family which gang you worked in and what your foreman, Andrei Prokofyevich Tyurin, was like. Nowadays you had more to say to Kildigs, the Latvian, than to the folks at home." (Solzhenitsyn, 1963) Thus, from this point-of-view, Shukhov's attitude changed, as he realizes that despite everything else, the collectivity he had to relate to was now made up of prisoners such as himself.
However, such pressures do not alter Shukhov's behavior. He refuses to become entrenched in the barbarities that soon take over the behavior of those imprisoned. Thus, he keeps on following certain basic civilized rules of conduct, as he insists on removing his cap at the table, no matter how hungry he is.
Also, Shukhov, in his attempt to maintain his spirit alive, surpasses the everyday talk about food and the hardships of the prison, thus addressing issues…… [Read More]
Denisovich and Shawshank
Ivan Denisovich and the Shawshank Redemption
Prison has been and continues to be used as a setting in literature because, by the very nature of a prison, it calls to mind certain issues for the audience to deal with. There is the fact that a prison houses inmates who are guilty of crimes against their will, as well as the social institutions that are unique to prison life. There is also the idea of injustice, since the prisoners are there because of the justice system which sometimes wrongfully convicts innocent people. But prisoners must find a way to maintain their dignity and a sense of self, or suffer the consequences of being destroyed as a human being. While there are numerous issues to discuss when dealing with a prison atmosphere, some of these issues are dealt with in two stories about imprisonment: One Day in the Life…… [Read More]
Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita" is one of the brightest pieces of Soviet literature on the hand with such masterpieces as One day of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Soljenitzin and Quite follows Don by Mikhail Sholohov.
'The Master and Margarita" impresses by the unity of philosophy, religion and satire on Soviet society. "The Master and Margarita" may be also considered as one of the greatest philosophical novels of modern times. Bulgakov touches immortal human problems in the novel: relationships of individual and society on the hand with vales of his contemporaries. Deep philosophical and ethic meaning of the novel is supplemented by bitter irony and witty sarcastic description of Soviet ussian society. Bulgakov's innovation in The Master and Margarita is obvious. Disposing vices and lawlessness of Soviet Moscow he doesn't choose a common method of justice, relying on God and good powers. Instead…… [Read More]