Friday, July 21, 2006


The world Zamyatin has created with his book, We, is one of order, harmony, and perfection. When D-503 describes the sky on page 3, he claims that a blue, "unblemished" sky is how a sky should be. He then amuses himself by remembering how "the ancients" would be so captivated by things such as clouds, for in his world they were considered "absurd" and "disorderly". His description of the clear blue sky reflects the society which he is in, "sterile, immaculate" and how everything else was meant to be. If it is not perfect, it is not part of their world inside the Green Wall.

I chose this particular imagery, the sky as painted by D-503, because it was the first instances where I saw that the world Zamyatin was creating, in this opening description of his imaginary society, was that of utopia. I don't know if it's because we've talked about it so much in class (for the papers) or what, but the idea of utopia is still stuck in my mind, and the world of We in the assigned reading is exactly what I would imagine a completely over-the-top utopia would be like.


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