An exploration of the role of symbolism

“An exploration of the role of symbolism in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garca Mrquez._x000D_
After reading Alexander Solzhenitsyns One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  and Gabriel Garca Mrquezs Chronicle of a Death Foretold  it became clear to me that a lot could be done comparing the role of symbolism in these two novels. Both stories used symbolism completely differently and one story had many contributions added to it through symbolism while the other used it through foreshadowing. The books cannot be compared in a sense of which is better because both authors wrote their books for different purposes, but analysis of the role of symbolism is possible. This essay will explore the role of symbolism in these two novels._x000D_
In Alexander Solzhenitsyns novel, One Day there are many main symbols focused on throughout the book. The three main symbols are Shukhovs spoon, bread, and Tsezars Parcel. Also mentioned were some minor symbols such as Shukhovs trowel. The symbols in this novel are used effectively and contribute many different things to the work._x000D_
Shukhovs spoon that he carefully hides in his boot after every meal he eats shows how he is an individual in a place where individuality is hard to achieve. The spoon is not only useful but it is important because it makes Shukhov feel unique because none of the other prisoners have this luxury. Shukhov chooses to disobey the law and keep this spoon for himself returning it to his boot every time it is not in use. This is Shukhovs attempt to keep any part of himself that is special in a camp that is full of authority and degradation. One would think a man, like Shukhov, would have a prized possession such as a knife or a destructive tool, but since his choice is a spoon it shows that he is focused more on his well being. Although he could have obtained something that can possibl… “