They sank without a trace. No point in telling the family which gang you worked in and what your foreman, Andrei Prokofyevich Tyurin, was like. Nowadays you had more to say to Kildigs, the Latvian, than to the folks at home." (Solzhenitsyn, 1963) Thus, from this point-of-view, Shukhov's attitude changed, as he realizes that despite everything else, the collectivity he had to relate to was now made up of prisoners such as himself.

However, such pressures do not alter Shukhov's behavior. He refuses to become entrenched in the barbarities that soon take over the behavior of those imprisoned. Thus, he keeps on following certain basic civilized rules of conduct, as he insists on removing his cap at the table, no matter how hungry he is.

Also, Shukhov, in his attempt to maintain his spirit alive, surpasses the everyday talk about food and the hardships of the prison, thus addressing issues...
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