Monday, July 31, 2006

happiness

Well I think that zamyatin was trying to make a statement about where he thought the society he was living in was headed for. He chose happiness because it is not something you can measure with a stick and no matter how perfect something may be, happiness cannot be assured. In the city in WE, the people were living in a blissful happiness but D-503's development throughout the story shows that people have something innate that can not be satisfied even with complete control. Zamyatin uses this to show that human beings cannot be happy when controlled and censored.

Should Zamyatin have used a different criteria, I don't think he would have been able to get his meaning across as clearly. Excellence, hard work, and fulfillment seem like they could be created by the methods the people used in the city of WE. Happiness, on the other hand, is not very tangible and can occur spontaneously so Zamyatin used it as kind of an "x-factor" that doesnt fit perfectly into an equation. If Zamyatin used something else, the distopia might not have been as convincing because it could be argued that those values(Excellence, hard work, and fulfillment) would be present.

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