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From Hard to Soft Science Fiction in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We

From Hard to Soft Science Fiction in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We

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Gabrielle Mc Caffrey Dr
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Tamara WilsonENG 34021 May 2009From Hard to Soft Science Fiction in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We As contemporary citizens in a post 9/11 world can observe
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an immediate reactionto any form of rebellion or attack is control; controlling the borders of one’s country 
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controlling the masses of one’s country as well as
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if possible
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controlling those whomake the decisions on the other side of the enemy lines
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The idea behind this modality of thought is to eventually control the “individual” of societies
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the working pieces to the big picture
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This action is taken to ensure that rebellion or attack will no longer be athreat from either outside countries
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or the region’s homeland citizens
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In Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We the narrator
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D-503 operates in a self-labeled “utopian” society wherethe One State has complete control over the individuals it is comprised of 
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D-503
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however
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breaks from this control during a transition from merrily abiding laws whichoutlaw human emotions
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as well as anything not mathematically sound
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to not only embracing the aforementioned
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but integrating these emotions into his line of thoughtand reasoning
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Mc Caffrey 2We demonstrates the outcome of complete control
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Consequently 
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it alsodemonstrates how human nature
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no matter how clouded with technological boundaries
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will always be prone to return to a natural range of human necessities suchas creativity 
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love
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hatred
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or rebellion
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Heather Masri
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in her anthology entitled ScienceFiction: Stories and Contexts
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defines hard science fiction as “sf that is grounded inscience”(10)
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She goes on to define soft science fiction as having “broader socialconcerns” (10)
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The transition demonstrated in We from a technological reliance to theacceptance as well as practice of the human range of emotions illustrates a transitionfrom hard science fiction to soft science fiction
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 In We
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careful attention is paid to qualitative mathematics
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physics
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Additionally 
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it is set in a society where large technological advancements seem possible
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if notprobable
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This presence of technical quality in We offers the reader a taste of hardscience fiction through its technological reliance
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A dependency on science as well asmathematics can present itself in many ways
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one of which being technologicaladvancement
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As an engineer
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Zamyatin incorporated science and mathematicseffortlessly into We thorough the main character D-503
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who in the novel is also anengineer
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D-503 is a mathematician as well as the Builder of the Integral
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a spaceintended flight machine
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It is through this mathematically based modality of thoughtthat is based from his occupation
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we are introduced to the One State in addition to theinner workings of D-503’s mind
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For instance
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every description the reader is exposed to
 
Mc Caffrey 3is rigidly calculated into geometric or numerical logic as well as reasoning such as whenhe describes O-90 as possessing an “incorrectly calculated speed of tongue
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Themicrospeed of the tongue out to be always slightly less than the microspeed of thethoughts and certainly not ever the reverse” (9)
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 Beyond D-503’s individual method of reason
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all individuals are bound
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to thesecond
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by the Table of Hours; a calculated scheduled depicting every person’s actionsfor every hour of the day 
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Furthermore
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the control of the One State has causedemotions such as happiness or appreciation for nature to not only be questioned for itslack of efficiency in a logical as well as mathematically controlled society 
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but to someextent be eliminated. Those who waste their thoughts as well as their timecontemplating the beauty of spring
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like O-90
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are dismissed as illogical or impossibledemonstrated by the dialogue between O-90 and D-503 when he says “When sheentered I was still buzzing inside out with the flying wheel of logic and
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through inertia
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I started to utter some words about this formula I had only just resolved: ‘Stunning
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isn’tit?’ I asked” (6)
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When O-90 responds with a remark on the beauty of spring
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he replies“Wouldn’t you know it: spring… I say ‘stunning’ and she thinks of spring
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Women… I fellsilent” (6)
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 Because the use of hard fiction characteristics are used in We as satirical motifs—technological usage to the point of dependency—the reader is not entirely convinced by D-503’s adamant implications of scientific reasoning
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Even though he represents themost faithful of ciphers to the One State
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D-503
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even early in the novel
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occasionally 

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