Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Zamyatin uses D-503's preoccupations to show D-503's confusion and his feelings. He starts to second guess math becuase her now has a soul and an imagination. He can now see and feel things beyond numbers and equations. Instead of thinking about everything as something dealing with math, he is now only thinking about I-330. With D-503 second guessing his math and his life it shows that he really has feelings for I-330 and that dealing with her has forced him to see things beyond where he normally saw them.

In the previous chapters is upset and is trying to find a way to get rid of the square root of -1, but in the 18th entry it seems as though he is kind of accepting that he isn't perfect. He tells the audience that he is presenting them with his life full of X's and square roots of -1. He was previoulsy afraid to admit he had these things and now he easily admits to having these thinng. I think it is because he is so proccupied with I-330, everything that he was once so passionate about he now starts to doubt.

I think it can be considered rhetorical because in his own way he is trying to prove a point. He is using things that were once positive in the novel to now turn them around and show that they are negative, I guess. He uses specific examples to show why these things now have a new meaning. I am not really sure how this could be considered rhetorical.


Blogger Matt Giani said...

I agree that it seems as though the author used D's obsessions, especially with the square root of -1, as an interesting parallel. At first this imaginary number almost destroys his sanity because he can't actually understand, and therefore utilize or control, this number. As soon as he starts losing control of his emotions and succumbing to the illogicality of love for I-330, he simultaneously accepts that he can't control or understand this number but he merely has to accept the fact that he will never understand it. Actually, his preoccupations for perfection and his pressing passion progress as a pair pretty perfectly (alliterate much?).

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