One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Morning in the camp – from when Shukhov wakes up till the gangs arrive at the worksite.

Act II

The workday – the entire period at the worksite until the gangs march back to camp.


Nighttime in the camp – from the arrival back at camp that night until the end of the book.

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