Known by Shukhov as “The Scrounger”, he depicts the way the Gulag ravages an individual’s dignity. As opposed to Shukhov, who takes pride in his resourcefulness, skills, and principals, Fetyukov is constantly begging and scrounging for food, cigarettes, and other supplies. What goods he does receive through scrounging and begging, which amounts to quite a bit considering the poverty of the camp, he hoards for himself. His lousy work ethic also contrasts the pride and effort Shukhov puts into his work, leading to a general sense of disrespect from his fellow Zeks.
The timeline below shows where the character Fetyukov appears in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section1 (Shukhov wakes up to Kolya taking Shukhov’s temperature)
...clothing with white numbers painted on them, but there are great distinctions in the squad. Fetyukov, the lowest ranking member of the gang, gives Shukhov his food, telling him he almost... (full context)
Section 2 (Kolya takes Shukhov’s Temperature to Volkovoy’s search)
...and the desire he feels for it is stronger than the desire for freedom itself. Fetyukov, “the jackal” as Shukhov refers to him, is eyeing the cigarette too. Shukhov, however, does... (full context)
Section 5 (The arrival at the work site to the beginning of work)
Section 6 (The beginning of work to news of the murdered stool pigeons)
Section 7 (The news of the murdered stoop pigeons to Tyurin’s story)
Section 8 (Tyurin’s story to the end of the work day)
...then give Shukhov enough for a single cigarette. As Shukhov lights the cigarette, he notices Fetyukov glaring at him from across the room. He reflects that he might have given him... (full context)
Section 9 (The end of the work day to the arrival at the camp)
...it, meaning there will be another miscount, which means an additional count. He notices that Fetyukov was out of line bumming a cigarette from another Zek. The guard strikes Fetyukov in... (full context)
...about their service. Shukhov ponders the irony of decorated naval officers working alongside men like Fetyukov. The Zeks continue to walk at a steady pace as the guards yell at them... (full context)
Section 11 (Tsezar’s arrival at the parcel room to the purchase of the tobacco)
Section 12 (The purchase of the tobacco to Shukhov’s going to bed)