Monday, July 24, 2006

Thoughts on We

So far, this book has proved to me that reading can still be enjoyable. I really like 'We' up to this point because it paints a picture of a totalitarian "perfect" society. Almost every citizen is a mindless drone, waiting for nothing to happen--which is a condition Zamyatin uses to serve as a warning to the readers about the dangers of a omnipotent government. The people in the novel are brainwashed to the point that they whole-heartedly believe that the One State is the perfect society, and it is the lack of freedom there, that ensures this quality. This belief manifests himself in the text, "Freedom and crime are linked as indivisibly as...well, as the motion of the aero and its speed: when its speed equals zero, it does not move; when man's freedom equals zero, he commits no crimes"( 35). It is absurd that the people of this society legitimately believe that their lack of freedom is one of their causes of happiness, even though they probably do not know what true happiness is (at this point in the story).
Overall in the novel, Zamyatin is trying to show the readers that even in this so-called Utopia, imperfections still exist. And logically speaking, since imperfections exist, it is inherently NOT utopia, but rather dystopia. The lack of personal freedoms in the novel, serve as a warning to the readers to not necessarily follow the "common path" as some might say, but to do what makes you happy. I think later on in the novel, just like 1984 and Brave New World, D-503 will find himself at odds with society's current situation and somehow fight back against the One State. I am honestly looking forward to finishing this book---

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