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How Human Relationships Are Significant To the Development of the Novel

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How Human Relationships Are Significant To the Development of the Novel Kirtinder Bindra ENG-3U8 -A, Ms. Kowalska Writers use many subtle things to develop many themes of their novels. The relationships a person has with individuals around him affects the way other people think about him. In the book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn uses human relationships to ignite certain emotions within the reader towards certain characters. These emotions occur each time the character appears and this is used by the reader to judge the character by the types of relationships he has. By the end of the book, these feelings have developed and support the theme of existentialism in the novel. Human relationships between the prisoners and the people 'outside' give the reader automatic first impressions of the characters in the book. Mainly, the packages sent in by these people 'outside' show that the prisoners have someone who cares for them. Packages are seen as a luxury item by the prisoners and one of the main things mentioned during character introductions is whether the characters receive packages or not. ...read more.


Another example of the reader's impression being manipulated is Fetyukov. By the time Shukov mentions that Fetyukov "had three children 'outside' but they'd all disowned him when he was arrested... so there was no one to send him things" (Solzhenitsyn, 56), Fetyukov's actions have created the impression of a runt with no pride who only wishes to pass his sentence with as much comfort as possible. However, when the sentence is mentioned, understanding floods the reader's mind and the reader is forced to go back and think about what Fetyukov must be thinking when he scavenges things from the prisoners and the reader considers it justified for Fetyukov to act this way. However, human relationships not only initiate feelings towards characters but help develop those feelings. One very good example of such development of a character throughout the novel is Tyurin. In the beginning of the book, Tyurin blends in with all the other authoritative figures that the prisoners resent. But, as the book progresses, the reader sees that Tyurin's authority over the prisoners is more similar to a father than a warder. ...read more.


But then Shukov says that he will die in the camps, the reader sees that Fetyukov will die completely alone in complete isolation. In conclusion, Alexander Solzhenitsyn cleverly involves human relationships in his novel in such a way that the reader never realizes it. He uses relationships to create feelings in the reader towards certain characters and those characters' actions are then filtered through this impression until the book is over. This means that Solzhenitsyn has the freedom to allow the character to take any action he wants without having to worry about the mood of the novel being ruined. The bleak mood remaining constant throughout the book supports the theme of existentialism in the novel. The method for developing the main theme of the novel does have faults because people will not recognize that the purpose of writing this book is to show the meaninglessness of life until the very end, or even a while after that. This means that people may stop reading the book, considering it boring. However it is commendable on Solzhenitsyn's part that he is able to uphold the constant depression in the novel through the use of the never-changing tone of Shukov's voice. ...read more.

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