Strength Of Man Spirit

Life can be amazingly hard at times and almost everybody encounters a time period in life when circumstances become unbearably difficult. Man Spirit as detailed by Wayne Hackler in the webpage "Madison Researchers Into The Paranormal (MRIP) â¢" is "the soul of somebody who has resided in the physical plane. These spirits can be earthbound for several reasons" (Hackler). Imagine being given to a decade of unending and dreadful hardships, as the protagonist, Ivan Denisovich (Shukhov) in a single Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Shukhov lives in a labour camp and encounters his fear for survival in severe cold. He is an unhealthy and uneducated man. His experience in the novel show the unjust area of the Soviet legal system. Within the camp, characters struggle against unreasonable punishments by the system. The type of Shukhov is a symbol of the human being spirit because of his never-ending will to endure, even through the harshest of conditions in the camp. In Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka the protagonist, Gregor Samsa (Gregor) gets up one day and finds out that he has been transformed into a giant insect. Gregor, however, is currently unable to point out himself to his family because of his transformation. Gregor is residing in a horrible situation after his metamorphosis is concerned about his family and burning off his job. The family will depend on him for its livelihood as he's the only person who works in the family. He does not cope with the circumstances of his life and provides up at the end. In both books, the strength of the protagonists' individual soul helps their life to either stop or proceed.

Gregor wakes up one morning hours to find that without any reason he has been altered into a huge insect. Although Gregor wakes up as an insect in outward, physical form, some of his more inner feelings and emotions undergo a more gradual metamorphosis. Previously in his life he led a normal life; he had employment like others, he previously the duty of caring for his family. "Metamorphosis [written] in 1912. . . in the brand new soul of 20th Century Modernism and [with] a classic of surrealist horror" (Aaltonen, 6). It had been the time when people thought of work as their main top priority. When he altered into a bug, his family almost forgets him later in the novel as they "had dropped into the habit of tossing anything unwanted within. . . " (Kafka, 103). He isolates himself and hides in his room as no one thinks about him anymore. His human soul is making him feel lower in his own sight. Earlier his family used to think about him, however now no person was with him to share his feelings. His relationship along with his father is not a normal father-son relationship. He does not understand the unrecognizable child and cannot hope to. His assault with the apples on his son is excited and pathetic show of his anger towards Gregor. He's almost pitiable-but his assault was almost fatal and it easily penetrated the son's armour. It has a huge effect on Gregor emotionally.

As brought up that Metamorphosis has been written in the time when people considered their everyday activity and about their future for an extent that if they don't have job to endure; it's one of the bad things that could happen to a person. And therefore Gregor job has been ended up, he has lost desire to exist in a positive way. Gregor is also concerned about his family as he was the only person as a source to income. The strain in his mind for the family and job is gone to an scope that he can't cope along with his circumstances any more. His future (nature of living) has shattered in his own sight as he thinks that his life is of no use any further. "He soon found out that he was unable to move" (Kafka, 118) because his mind is under too much pressure to believe and survive. One day "he knew [that] he had to goâ" (Kafka, 119) and therefore, he just provides up and leaves forever.

Conversely Shukhov, in a single Day in the life span of Ivan Denisovich, is imprisoned for the deed he has not committed so that as a abuse he must work in awful weather conditions. He has been penalized without committing any crime which ultimately shows how un-justified is his phrase. He has found little things in life that allows him to be very optimistic. He has known that he can't change his future and must be pleased with what he has in the present and he gets in future. He lives for today and whatever he will today he relates it to the near future. "It is the law of jungleâ [in there]. But even here you can live" (Solzhenitsyn, 2) and make it through - that's the legislations Shukhov lives with, in the labour camps. The labour camp is their house now where they have to live. Throughout the day, which is like most others, Shukhov is starved, nearly freezing, overworked, and punished. But as the day unfolds, it becomes evident that Shukhov will never give up and never give in. His popularity of his new identification and of his camp life as well as his amazing potential to create a meaningful life for himself from the arbitrary camp system makes him a spiritual hero. His focus on living, eating, and working puts him in control of his world. For example, when Shukhov works on a brick wall, the narrator says that "he focuses on it as if he had every inch from it" (Solzhenitsyn, 86). He is residing in brutal Soviet legal system where they don't really have sympathy towards any prisoner. Although he's a slave, he is still the king of his little section of the world and is also pleased with himself inwardly. He acts to keep trust in himself; his example can be an motivation for other men to think about their lives in the same way as him.

To conclude, the heroes of both the novels have contrasting ways to handle their circumstances. Gregor dies because he can't bare the circumstances any more and he allows go of himself. He's the main one who tries to live his life after having been altered into a monstrous insect but struggles to do this because of his family activities and reactions towards him. Hence, he's not satisfied along with his life and has lost desire to live his life with positivity. But Shukhov has found positive way of looking at things, as he recognizes that he'll never emerge from the labour camp. Given the gigantic obstructions which Shukhov confronts in the labour camp are agonizing but they affected him on a very small range and in so doing he becomes a hero; in his own people spirit which is not damaged till the finish. He finds delight by doing simple things in his life. Shukhov has come quite a distance in his small life of simpleness.

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Work Cited

Aaltonen, William. Advantages. Metamorphosis. Kafka, Franz. London: Arcturus

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Hackler, Wayne. "Madison Experts Into The Paranormal (MRIP)â¢". Organisation.

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Kafka, Franz. Metamorphosis. London: Arcturus Posting Limited, 2009. Print

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the life span of Ivan Denisovich. New York: Bantam

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