Searching for Freedom and Power - Book Report/Review Example

Only on StudentShare

Extract of sample
Searching for Freedom and Power

The author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, received the Nobel-Prize in Literature in 1970, for painting the world a clearer picture of the injustices done to the prisoners of the Stalinist regime. Solzhenitsyn wrote the novel in such a quiet disimpassioned way it was as if their day were as normal as the next-door neighbors'. Then again, is it really normal Is it human nature to walk in queues with eyes fixed on the ground following somebody else's every command Is it not rather human nature to seek freedom even in the smallest measure and even in an environment where it is systematically suppressed
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines freedom as having the power to determine without restraint or coercion. Desiring freedom then is tantamount to establishing some degree of power and control over oneself and others. As though to say that it is instinctive among human beings, the novel described many instances of the prisoners defying or cheating the authority. Committing small acts of disobedience was as much power as the prisoners got and they took their chances despite the consequences. For instance the prisoner, Buinovsky, when frisked, resisted saying that the guard was in violation of the criminal code. A former naval officer, he genuinely believed in communism but he thought too that it had to be guided by the law. A newcomer, he still had a certain expectation of control over his person. (Solzhenitsyn, 28) The
prisoners had in the first place been fris ...
Download paper

Summary

In the early 1900s within the socialist society of Soviet Union, prisoners were sent to prison camps called Gulags. Here, they were subject to forced labor and a kind of life so highly regimented prisoners were said to have lost their sense of self and even humanity…
Author : parkermarc

Related Essays

Power
These three C's in many ways mirror the three branches of government within the United States: the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Therefore, one may describe the balance of power with the following phrase: "The commission proposes, the Council decides, the Court interprets."
...
12 pages (3012 words) Essay
The Freedom 'of', and the Freedom 'to'
Yet, he would live his life abusing his new found freedom and turned it from a freedom 'from' enslavement to a freedom 'to' abuse. As Americans, we have also been endowed with a freedom that has come with the price tag of a great responsibility. Freedom is charged with exercising the tolerance, compassion, and dignity that must be afforded to all individuals in the world. In exercising our right to be free, we must insure that our national freedom from bondage does not become a freedom to oppress.
...
2 pages (502 words) Essay
Freedom
(Merriam-Webster English Dictionary, 2006-2007 Edition).
...
2 pages (502 words) Essay
Human Freedom
From this stance, freedom and responsibility becomes two sides of the same coin that are simply inalienable.
...
4 pages (1004 words) Essay
Corruption and Strip Searching
Testimony by former officer Rafael Perez played a pivotal role in highlighting such level of corruption and cops brutality. This incident has brought LAPD a lot of shame and ignominy. The collusion has shattered the model of police force. People have lost faith in it. It would take a lot of time to restructure the entire police department and rebuild the trust of people.
...
2 pages (502 words) Assignment
From Slavery to Freedom
Once again, due to the fact that Anyanwu is a woman and African in particular, Doro takes full control and wins her back to himself and exercises full control on whom she breeds with in order to obtain a wide range of mutants.
...
2 pages (502 words) Coursework
Got a tricky question? Receive an answer from students like you! Try us!