Need an argumentative essay on A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. Needs to be 4 pages. Please no plagiarism.
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This political novel first appears in 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir which originally purposed to be modeled like the pre-Soviet magazine Mir Bozhy. However, it goes beyond that by publishing controversial issues on Soviet history in order to expose the cruel and brutal realities which have not been publicly unheard. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch becomes controversial because it marks the first mention of forced collectivization of farms and existence of labor camps.The political novel describes in full detail a day in the life of a prisoner named Ivan Denisovitch in one of the Soviet labor camps. Set in a cold winter morning in 1951, the novel opens with the main character waking up sick. Because he “hadn’t feel right since the night before” (6), he decides to rise past the wake-up call thinking that the kindly guard is on duty. However, as a different guard is making the rounds, he is punished to clean the guardhouse after which he hurriedly went to the mess hall to have his breakfast. Noting that he should be excused to work because of his illness, he presented himself to the dispensary who concluded that his fever is not high enough for him to be excused.The next portions of the novel provide a description of Ivan’s squad, the relationship among the prisoners, and the cruelty that they go through. Every morning and afternoon, each of the prisoners needs to undergo body checks and body count where they need to undress in the freezing cold in order to ensure that they do not possess any prohibited things. Their work is in a construction site where the work condition is hardly bearable. In the coldness of the winter, the mortar utilized in bricklaying readily freezes if not applied fast enough (180). Even in their hard labor, the prisoners suffer from the limited supplies of food (88-89). Ivan tries to survive by outsmarting the people in the kitchen to get a second serving and hiding things which he can exchange for food at a later time.