We Themes


The struggle with the themes of Jewgeni Zamyatin's We? Here we have a quick and easy overview of them. Topics Each and every one of the actions of man in OneState has been regulated and mechanised. We have a clear, common timetable that governs everything, from when people go for a walk, to the way they have their sex, to their mornings. D-503, I-330, O-90 are even mechanically.

Consequently, D-503 presents itself as a small part in a bigger maschine.

Figures in OneState even say eating "petroleum food", just like machinery consumes natural gas od crude oils (22). Rather than build an entirely stool, single workmen would accomplish finite tasks, such as grinding stool feet, ten thousand paints. OneState integrates all man-made activities, including personal ones, into a single bigger entity.

We alienate our people from one half of our own experiences: emotion, fantasy and all other illrational factors are prohibited. TwoState is building a barrier that separates numbers from forests that stay out of control. Individually, both physical and symbolic, are estranged from the savage facets of their being. The encounter with I-330 triggered the creation of the D-503's illogical side, often symbolized by his unique haired hand.

D-503 is becoming more and more estranged from itself as its rational trends prevail. In attacking I-330, he is describing the third person's incident as if his illrational self were another oneness. D-503 is so estranged from this half of his character that he does not know himself (57).

Since his striving for I-330 is intensifying, he often calls himself a foreigner. In OneState, a celebration of a kind of temporal faith in which burghers adore rationality and an unfailing Lord governs everything. The D-503 thinks the D-503 is acting in his best interest, not because he was presented with evidence, but because he relies on OneState.

The OneState is an established garden of Eden. As in the Bible, Eve, here I-330, tasted the fruits of prohibited wisdom and led Adam, D-503, to follow the example. At OneState, all building and facilities are made of translucent glazing so that numbers can be continually tracked. But not only the guards observe all the time, also the people have to be afraid of their compatriots.

In the end, it is the EU, not the policemen, who discover and report the rebels' intentions. In D-503, he twice reported on the girl he loved: first after the refusal, then after the surgery. On the day of unanimity when the election takes place, D-503 described the force to be observed; he wrote: "I see how everyone is voting for the patron and everyone sees how I am voting for the patron" (133).

Otherwise it would be impracticable to vote, as neither private life nor anonymous treatment would be granted to people. OneState has successfully involved individual people in its own monitoring and repression by building a clear municipality and empowering residents to voice insurgent behaviour. Gönner described paradise as a state in which people " have discarded all wisdom about desires" (207).

Emotions of desires are unreal impulses and are attacked ruthlessly by OneState. However, desires are an unbridled fact of man. The I-330, S-4711 and R-13 long for revolutions, as O-90 years for a kid, U years for D-503 and D-503 years for I-330. D-503's obsession with the I-330 tore his tautly textured universe apart, both in the literal and figurative sense.

But the only thing that's consistent in We is our transformation. The I-330 best captures this subject by explaining the infinite essence (168). And OneState will drop sometime in the near term, be it through the Mephi or others. People who desperately seek to stop changes, such as D-503, cannot stop them. Although he is completely happy with his mechanic lifestyle, he is derailed by the I-330, an unmanageable device that is changing his whole planet.

Unavoidability of changes indicates impossible possibility of complete controll. No matter how brutal a system oppresses its people, there will be dissenters and insurgents planning the next one. Today's leaders have fought to reconcile the interests of the individuals with those of the collectiv. The D-503 states that the individuals cannot have any right before the interests of the group ( 111 ).

Either the main character or OneState include a utility morality in which an individual's lifestyle is just valuable to the small portion of the populace he or she is representing. In OneState, the attraction of the group is so powerful that D-503 presents himself as part of "a one million hand body" (13); he does not even live in his own one.

In OneState, everything from masticating to going to bed is done collectively. While developing his own personal wishes, namely his passion for I-330, D-503 is strangely disconnected, even distanced. For so long he has been part of the group that he does not recognise the appearing one.

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