Doctor Zhivago vs. One Day in the Life Day of Ivan Denisovich

846 Words Dec 21st, 2010 4 Pages
Doctor Zhivago, a 1965 film based on a Russian novel of the same name, tells the story of Yuri Zhivago and how his life was constantly changed throughout the Russian revolution. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich describes the daily routine that Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, an inmate in a labor camp, goes through for eight years to fulfill his sentence. Doctor Zhivago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich are both set in Soviet Russia, an obvious similarity. Though both works take place in Soviet Russia, they take place at different time periods. Doctor Zhivago takes place from 1912 to 1923, years that had three very important events occurring; The Russian Revolution, the Russian Civil War, and World War I. On the other hand, One …show more content…
As One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich progresses we really do not know what is happening outside that camp besides that there is a big Soviet Russia gulag system going on during that time. But in Doctor Zhivago, as mentioned before, there are three things happening throughout the movie. They are clearly shown as the movie goes on, we see how the military is, their influence, and the government’s power as well. In both the film and novel we can see the power that the government has. In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich the government went and controlled the sun and said when it was noon, showing that at that time the Soviet government was extremely powerful and could do whatever they pleased to do. In Doctor Zhivago the government has Lara, one of the main characters, in close watch. This then becomes a great part of the plot, leading Lara to depart from Yuri’s side and go into safety, which from that day forward Lara and Yuri never saw each other again. All this was caused by Lara’s husband, a commissar, committing suicide and now the ‘army’ is now looking for Lara. If they got a hand of her, they would surely incarcerate her or even kill her. The whole concept of the gulags is obviously shown in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, but in Doctor Zhivago it is not brought up as much. Only twice did I actually see a reference to the gulags. When the main characters are in a train, there is a detachment solely

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