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An investigation into the roles of social protocol in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Like Water for Chocolate

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"An investigation into the roles of social protocol in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Like Water for Chocolate" The rules and conventions that society deems acceptable which govern our behaviour are woven into our everyday lives. Therefore it is not surprising that we find frequent references to these rules of social conduct in literature. Taking ones hat off while eating, and respecting your elders are some common examples of practices that form prescribed social conventions in societies. Solzhenitsyn's novel explores both positive and negative effects of the work camps social protocols, highlighting the resilience of humanity by controlling as much of ones situation as possible. Esquivel depicts contrived Mexican family traditions, criticising it's unfairness through Mama Elena's harsh treatment of her daughter. The integration of social protocols in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate are fundamental in creating guidelines by which both protagonists Ivan Denisovich and Tita of each novel live by. ...read more.

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Being one that 'licks other men's left overs' and 'peach[es] on [his] mates, it is believed that Fetyukov is the type of prisoner that 'these camps finish off'. The other inmates reaction to Fetyukov highlights to the reader that these actions are not socially accepted therefore moulding their opinion of the man. These attitudes towards dining etiquette serve as a benefit to the prisoners as it is one situation not governed by the guards, giving the inmates the feeling that the way they conduct themselves around meal time is their own choice. It provides them with a coping mechanism helping them maintain order and structure in the camp and ultimately their lives. In contrast Solzhenitsyn also demonstrates the severe consequences of breaking the unwritten rules between prisoners, illustrating to the reader the fragile balance of their social mores. A sort of mateship is formed between prisoners in the gulag, a mutual trusting. ...read more.

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Esquivel divulges the consequences of breaking these age old conventions when Mama Elena 'merciless[ly]' inflicts injuries so serious that she 'spent two weeks in bed recovering from her bruises'. Drawing attention to the physical aftermath of Tita's resistance leads the reader greater grasp how deeply rooted the expectations of young daughters are, but also sympathise with Tita against her forced up bringing. In both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel the use of social protocols are utilised to explore the various benefits and restrictions they can have on the respective characters. Solzhenitsyn highlights the resilience of humanity by controlling as much of your situation as possible using protocols to ones advantage. Esquivel depicts contrived Mexican family traditions, criticising it's unfairness through Mama Elena's harsh treatment of her daughter. We are intrigued as to how significantly choosing to abide by or disobey protocols and tradition can impact ones life in turn reflecting back on what protocols or tradition mould our day to day lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Catherine Durham ...read more.

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