Thursday, July 27, 2006

Oh my... I forgot....

This post is a day late... Oh well.

I think that D-503's preoccupation with math is a reflection of how he views the world around him (until he met I-330, of course). Similar to in math, in D-503's society, things are clear-cut and there is always a solution to every problem. I think Zamyatin uses D-503's fixation of math to make his audience aware that often time we are taught what to think instead of how to think. And when a problem arises where we were never told how to handle, we become distressed (and this is what happened to D-503 when he wasn't sure what to make of his feelings for I-330). I think Zamyatin also uses D-503's preoccupation with math to show that everything in the real world is not as simple as it is in the One State, where everything for the most part is black and white, and that not everything has a rational solution.

5 Comments:

Blogger RyanG said...

The world you live in is what you make of it. D 503 finds something that he loves. He then latter finds a person he believes that he loves. The one thing that is above all else important, find something or someone you love and be happy.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Wei Wei Wu said...

I totally agree with you on this one... I think the author tries to communicate to us that beyond mathematics and order there should be more to this world. Like human emotions and things that are beyond our control. After all, we are humans, right? ..not machines.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Nick_sp said...

I must say that I completely disagree with your interpretation of the author's intent. Based on the historical context in which he was writing, I find it much more likely that he is trying to make a point about the ignorance and the repression of thought required in order to perpetuate a totalitarian society than to tell people that love is important. That point being the emphasis of the State on keeping its populous ignorant, and how this is not even close to an ideal.

The fact that D falls in love is a nothing but a mechanism through which Zamyatin shows the true nature of Man, an impulsive, sometimes irrational creature that cannot stand to exist thus subjugated.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

i'm following the trend and responding to this one b/c it seems like all the cool kids are doing it.
i totally didn't think of Zamyatin's use of math in that way. But now that you mention it, and looking back on it, it makes complete sense. D503 just wants everything to fit together perfectly in his life, and that's why he loves the One State and also math. But when something arises, like I330 or the square root of -1, his world turns upside down and he doesn't know how to handle it. jolly good job on that thought tiffany!

2:36 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

I like how you pointed out that we are often taught what to think rather than how.
I think that this works great with Math. Up until recently that is how math was taught to us in school. We were taught "this is the algorithm, so follow it" and we were never taught "this is the problem what could we do to solve it?"

10:04 AM  

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