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An analysis of the aspect of mood in a key passage from Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day In the Life.

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An analysis of the aspect of mood in a key passage from Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day In the Life

The mood in any passage in literature is often defined as the sentiments that are impressed upon the reader through the reading of that passage. Evidently, considering the differing experiences of the readers, the mood created in each will not be exactly the same. However, one can consider certain universal elements in a passage which more than likely produce a similar effect in most readers. This is the approach one must take if they are to objectively analyse the mood created by an author in a key passage from one of that author's works. The selected passage from One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovitch contains such elements, of the kind which are likely to impress upon most readers a certain mood. Such elements include the diction, or the careful choice of words which, in description of people and events, have such denotations and connotations as to inspire a certain feeling in a person, and the which is contained within the passage.

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A very simple image is presented in this passage which also has a pronounced effect upon the reader. It is "that distant view where

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If no such passage as this existed in this novel, perhaps less acclaim might have fallen its way. Its inclusion reflects a certain genius on the part of the author, who is able to make such stark contrast an effective tool in telling of life in a Soviet prison camp. It is primarily the mood of the passage, that of exhiliration, of excitement and of zest for life, which produces this contrast with the rest of the novel, which mires more in depression and oppression. It would seem that mood, indeed, can take hold of a reader, for nothing short of that would inspire hope in a setting which provides a wholly bleak outlook. The ability to impress upon the reader such a mood can truly be said to be part of Solzhenitsyn's genius and is telling of the overall value of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, which through its harsh realism and honesty, is a warning of the brutality and cruelty of which we humans are capable.

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