Camparison Symbolism of Objects in Kitchen and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch

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How symbolic are object and materials in “Kitchen” and “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”?

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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto The Kitchen featured another story entitled Moonlight Shadows and it is easily notable how both stories were about a young woman who had to deal with the loss of an important person in her life as she moves on with the events in the novel. From the creative mind of Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen tells a story of a
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With each object Mikage learned to let go, she was able to let go of the pain and the unhealthy clinging she had to the items which reminder her life not so long ago.

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The novel A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a story that was set back in the days when the war was prevalent. The main character Ivan Denisovich Shukhov was taken in as a prisoner during World War II by mistake. The unfortunate capture of Ivan was further striking due to the fact that Ivan was innocent. The novel will essentially take any reader through how a day in the life of Ivan is as a prisoner of war. Numerous objects were used to symbolize Ivan’s personality, the events he had to endure and the significance of each transformation he experienced. One of the most significant objects seen in the novel is Ivan’s spoon. Ivan would keep hidden a special spoon of his that he would always carry with him. He would only bring out his spoon whenever he needed to eat or use it for various purposes. Like how the novel stated in one part of the novel where Ivan refused to eat with his cap on, the spoon signified how in the camp, prisoners lost their selves one by one starting with their individuality (85). The spoon make Ivan feel special, apart from everybody else. He knew that nobody else had the same spoon. With this spoon, he is reminded of his own

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