Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ivan Denisovich reading guide

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Key Terms for Reading

Look for examples as you read: underline them and share them in class

  • Living conditions: Cold, Hunger, Fear, Exhaustion
  • Coping strategies: Resourcefulness, Plotting, Scavenging
  • Psychological survival: Dignity, Stoicism, Resilience, Pride, Toughness
  • Narrative strategies: Suspense, Humor
  • Style: Slang & Colloquialisms
What is the emotional or intellectual effect of the examples you find? How do they further Solzhenitsyn's artistic goals as a novelist?

(Acknowledgment: Most of these words appear in Katherine Shonk’s introduction to the novel.)