Friday, February 22, 2008

Total Happyness

I am starting to see some parallels between We and Vas. Especially in the aspect of creating the perfect society, a utopia. All the eugenic issues Vas deals with seems like the flatland society is moving toward perfecting themselves. They are genetically engineering themselves to be the best they can be. They are taking evolution out of it, and trying to evolve themselves the way they think is best by eugenics, plastic surgery and natural selection. We was much like this trying to evolve their society into a society with total happiness. These are two ways of trying to create an impossible utopia, one through a dictator the Benefactor, and another through genetics and science. Both ways seem like they will not work. No matter how perfect you try to make people, there is always room for improvement. Where does it stop. The more and more perfect you make things, the closer you look at them to find flaws. There will never be a "final one," evolving is infinite (Zamyatin 174). There is always room for improvement, because it is all preference. The benefactor thought his way was the ideal way, while the flatland society thinks their way of child rearing and plastic surgery is the ideal way.

1 comment:

Cheney said...

I definitely feel like there are some similarities between We and Vas especially when it comes to the perfect society. Both books make you question what would be considered a perfect society. It seems like Vas could almost be a precursor to a book like We. These were the decisive reasons that the citizens of the Flatland ended up like the citizens of the One State.