Essay on The Gulag Archipelago By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

928 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
When writing about the traumatic major events in history, there are two major themes that seem to be the driving motives behind why authors choose to write about such themes. The first being to wholly chronical the horrors and atrocities that occurred, while the second is to explain the significance that the events hold, as well as their initial causes behind it. The Gulag Archipelago is a historical account of the soviet regime from 1918-1956 written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The three-volume book is a narrative relying on eyewitness testimony, as well as his own experiences as a prisoner in a labor camp. The piece I will be covering is out of the third section of the work, titled Solzhenitsyn on His Own Imprisonment. The truth of the Gulag lies in Solzhenitsyn’s exhausting and compelling reflection on his own experiences in the Gulag, as well as the complex system of concentration camps and prisons throughout the Soviet Union. Though originally published by Pravda, the former official newspaper of the Communist Party, the piece was later translated to English and sequentially published in the New York Times in 1973. The work attempts to compile the comprehensive use of terror used by the Soviet regime against its very own land and population. By examining Solzhenitsyn’s motives for writing the piece, his use of reflective analysis, his simplistic, yet detailed, writing style, and his intentional use of varied narrative conventions, I will attempt to demonstrate the…

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