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A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Communism at its worst

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A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Communism at its worst Control Freak In the former Soviet Union, the concept of an individual was lost through communist theory and Stalin's unyielding power. Stalin accomplished this by having control of the media, laws, the government and even people's minds. Stalin followed the Marxist guidelines to communism and created a faceless nation. These conditions in the Soviet work camps magnify the Communist tyranny that Stalin has created. The work camps allow no freedom for the prisoners to think for themselves. They are told when they can eat, when they can sleep, and how long they should be working. Stalin had all of the power that he ever wanted. But what makes this so ironic is that in a communist nation, everybody is supposed to have equal social and economic status. The prisoner's focus is survival. Since they're under control by the labor camp system, all they can do is work to try to fulfill their prison sentence. The prison system controls bread rations, so that the prisoners have little energy to function, let alone rebel. Now the prisoners fight and scavenge for these measly bowls of watered down gruel and a few ounces of bread just to cheat the system. ...read more.

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Shukhov could get ten days in the cooler for his knife. Although it may seem as a good way to control the camp's prisoners, it does not stop the experienced inmates from trying to hide their assets. Many of the experienced inmates found methods of hiding various tools. This gave the prisoner a step ahead of the other inmates. But they could lose everything by being stuck in the cooler. This is not the only thing that the prisoner must deal with. One very important method of trying to survive in the prison camp is to deal with other prisoners. In Ivan's camp, the "newly sentenced" usually had to honor the more experienced prisoners by giving up their seat in the cafeteria, food, or any other sacrifices. Just like on the outside of the camps, everybody relies on each other for survival. It is what Stalin had hoped for. But in the camps, if the prisoners do their work, they would suffer severe punishment. The group depended on each other to earn their bread rations at dinner. They also depended on each other to bring bundles of wood for the fire to keep warm at camp after work. "What the prisoners figured was if every man from every gang brought just one piece back with him, it'd be that much warmer in the barracks." ...read more.

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If they could not adapt, the prisoners would die of malnourishment or the deadly temperatures. Communism is supposed to provide the whole community with property and equality. Everybody should enjoy equal social and economical status. Stalin created these Soviet work camps in Siberia for those who could not follow his powerful laws. More prisoners that would gather in these camps meant more power. The prisoners were treated with no respect, and they were barely living off of the meager servings of food, heat and sleep. Individuals were dehumanized and stripped of their individuality. They now wore a uniform labeled a number stitched on. Now, the prisoners within the groups must work together to survive or else they will not earn more food and sleep. It seems that as much as the communists want to ban capitalism, there is still a sense of "the survival of the fittest". The group who worked the hardest earned a little bit more. A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich has shown the evil side of communism. Although Stalin was a control freak, he had complete control of the Soviet Union, even making the United States intimidated. After Stalin, the country has fallen into a state of turmoil that has made the entire nation experience the same distress that these prisoners felt. Word Count: 1630 ...read more.

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