Symbolism In One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

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Authors portray characters in different ways to help express events that are happening in the world that they live in that are either in some cases forbidden to talk about or are a sensitive topic for most of the population. In the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich certain characters such as Ivan, Alyosha, Tiurin, and Fetiukov all have different backgrounds but all end up in the same situation which is being thrown into the gulag and they all have the different traits that could possibly symbolize ideas portrayed during that time period. The main issue that these characters all tie into is the idea of Stalinism and building one strong communist nation that will form other nations opinions into transforming out of their common ways …show more content…
From the text we know that Alyosha is a quite person who stays to himself mainly but never complains and actually is happy that he was sent to the Gulag. Alyosha was sentenced to serve based on religious activities that he belonged to and that we assume he would not give up so in turn the Soviets imprisoned him. Until the ending of the novel you do not know much about him except that he still practices his religion in the camp even though if he were to be caught he could be severely punished for it. This shows another idea that if someone was to not believe in or transfer their beliefs to that of the Soviets then they would not reason but throw the person in a Gulag to do physical labor for them. Again the idea of Stalinism and not risking the chance of anyone standing in the way of this idea is a common factor between all the characters but what make Alyosha different is that he is happy for the imprisonment. In the high ranked Soviets eyes they are doing nothing wrong and this could be an interpretation of what they see in the character of Alyosha. Alyosha says near the end of the novel that with his imprisonment it gives him more time to pray and focus on his religion which is a blessing in disguise but from other accounts …show more content…
One of the characters that was a stand out when reading was Fetiukov who is shown in the book as being someone who is barely surviving and having to take the scraps that others do not want. When reading this I thought mainly about the way that the Soviets could possibly interpret a character like this and I came up with the idea that Fetiukov could represent a capitalist state. The Soviets view a capitalist state as being weak and not reaching full potential but think everyone around the world mostly follows it because it is the only way really noticed that works. This could be a way to show that capitalism is weak and if a communist nation came to be then everyone that chose to stay in a capitalist state would have to settle for all the scraps that the communists did not want. Even later on in the novel when Fetiukov is beaten up by the others for showing a coward display of licking the bowls after everyone is finished is another reason why Fetiukov’s character could be seen as a capitalist state. Another way to look at this would to be instead of if a communist state arose and came to power this representation of Fetiukov could be the way that the Soviets or mainly Lenin and Stalin viewed the capitalists anyways and is why the need for a new communist nation was necessary. As stated

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