Thursday, July 20, 2006

We's Imagery

Without a doubt, the imagery Zemyatin creates in We is incredible. His imagery of the immaculate sky and the perfection of his surroundings creates a vivid image of uniformity and control which is a central theme of the book, but the part of his imagery which I felt the most interesting was that in the beginning of the Seventh Entry.
His description of his dream creates such a dramatic contrast between it and the life he had previously been leading. The red-royal instrument and the orange-yellow dress are literally the opposite end of the spectrum from the solid green surroundings and the blue sky which he previously had described so often. It's also interesting that he dreamed of Buddha, and while on the surface it could just seem as though his thoughts have gone from completely ordered to random and rational to irrational, the image of a Buddha creates interesting thoughts in the mind of the reader.
D lives in a land where mathematics and precision rule, and with such a high emphasis on pure logic, things like religion seem almost futile to deal with society's ills because "everything" has been solved by pure rationality. This seems as though it is the beginning of the main conflict of the book; the clash between logic and uncertain belief.
Together, the picture he paints of the colors and images in his dream and the regimented life which he has previously described make for an interesting turn of events in the future.

(Sorry, I just realized that this is actually ahead of the reading that we were supposed to do for today).

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