Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Math

I think that Zamyatin uses D-503's preoccupation with math to show how people can be narrow-minded and reject things they are not comfortable with. D-503 was so bound by the laws of math and logic that he was not able to see what the world was really like. His narrow view of the world and the turmoil that is created when he encounters i-330, show us that we cannot always to stand with logic.

Zamyatin may be trying to tell us that the world is not always what it seems and we should try and question it like D-503 is beginning to do. He is struggling with it but that maybe be part of the process.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sherry said...

I agree with you that D-503 is very occupied with math until I-330 comes. Until her arrival it was math this, circle that, square root this. It really is funny how all this changes when I-330 enters the picture.

9:46 PM  
Blogger phantomdance said...

I like your idea that his preoccupation with math shows how people can be so narrow-minded. Its true, math is simple to them, easy to understand, and 'safe'. His comfortable world of mathematics crashed as soon as I-330 entered his life.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

The point you make about D-503 being so "bound by the laws of math and logic" that he was blind to what was really going on in the world around him is a great one. Do you think that Zamyatin is trying to tell us not to be so consumed by one thing that you won't notice anything else? No matter, I think you post interesting blogs and it's always nice to get other's interpretations of the same story

9:58 AM  
Blogger Nikhil said...

I agree that Zamyatin was trying to show the narrow-mindedness of man. If you take the notion out of the context of the story, it still holds true. When people have been doing something a certain way for an extended period of time, it is incredibly difficult, and sometimes traumatic for them to change. So, in the novel, when D-503 realizes that he has a soul, and that he is capable of emotions like love, it suddenly turns his world upside down because the precise order that he thought existed, no longer exists.

10:07 AM  

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