Friday, July 21, 2006

Coat....Wall...Tables

As I read first few pages I immediately noticed the vast difference in the writing styles compared to pervious works. I imagery was woven into the passages in such a manner which allowed you to gain insight to the author and the character of the person. In the third Entry Zamyatin talks about “The Table” and compares it with the “greatest literary monument” from ancient days. He uses he imagery and allows the reader to see just how insignificant the literary work was compared to “The Table” (12). He symbolizes “the Table” as a transparent diamond which had the ability to transform them into a figure of steel (12). I found it interesting that the author uses the idea of diamond. I thought he was trying to convey to the reader that “The Table” was a chief idea that was imbedded to all the people and no matter how hard you compress that their convection will never waiver. Clearly he has great deal of respect for this object, but a more accurate description lead me to the conclusion that this object is synonymous with the Bible in our society. He then describes the routine in which millions follow the same exact schedule and does everything at the same time. This conveys that they people in their society are very devout. Zamyatin adds that twice a day they take “Personal Hours” which could be a imagery of the concept of prayer (12). After this entry the reader is given insight to the social views of the narrator with the imagery used.

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