World Lit

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In both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the temperature is consistently apparent throughout the novels. The temperature affects the judgment and actions of the protagonists. In One Day in a Life of Ivan Denisovich, Shukov, the protagonist is imprisoned in a Soviet work camp in Siberia. He endures a hard life working in below zero weather with no way out. The way he thinks is revolved around the weather and how to stay alive in such cold temperatures. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov, the protagonist murders the pawnbroker during a hot dry day in summer. The extreme heat affects a lot of Raskolnikov's judgment and also affects him physically. Although the temperatures in both novels are completely opposite, they both affect the character's judgment and in turn has a profound impact in their lives.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in situated in Siberia where the temperature is below zero and stays extremely cold.

This novel is taken place during the time when Stalin ruled in Russia, Shukov, a carpenter is sent off to work camp in the cold climates of Siberia where there is no heat.

"You could bet your life for a month there'd be no place where you could get warm""not even a hole in the ground. And you couldn't make a fire""what could you use for fuel? So your only hope was to work like hell." In most work camps, people would dread the idea of working all day, but in the work camp Shukov is at, work it the only answer to survival. There is no heat anywhere but to make one's own body heat by working. Without the constant movement of the body, the cold would get...