Sunday, July 23, 2006

hey! it's early!

Let's see here...questions in the novel......
I know we talked about it in class, but I'm picturing this as an uber futuristic setting, and I can't really see how it's supposed to be set in the 1920's. At least...I THINK we said it was in the 20's. Maybe I heard wrong.
As far as Zamyatin's intentions....I think he is trying to get the readers to stop and think about different cultures...maybe? It's kind of like when a Texan who has never been out of the state goes to New York or something. And it seems like a whole other world. Everything seems weird and different and hard to wrap your brain around. It's almost as though they're living in a parallel universe or something and you never had any idea that things worked that way elsewhere in the world.
Only in this case, it's our time period looking in to the future and seeing what we would now interpret as a "utopia" where everyone has a number and they have the Table of Hours and people tell you exactly what to do and when to do it. We can't imagine what it would be like, but perhaps Zamyatin just wants us to step out of the norm and see what other people would think is ideal.
If that even made any sense......

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