We Zamyatin Analysis

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Dystopian and science fiction literature has been developed and is later recognized since the 18th century. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of a dystopian novel is: “an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives” (unknown year) According to dictionary.com the definition of a science fiction literature is: “a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc” (unknown year) One of the first well known novels that comprised both a dystopian and science fiction literature is We by Zamyatin. Since he was the first author to write a dystopian novel, there wasn’t any evidence of any other dystopian novels before him. It is evident that the novel, We incorporates and deviates the conventions of both genres. Zamyatin perseus the conventions of a science fiction genre but it becomes incidental so he can criticize his society’s goal on controlling equality when personal freedom is sacrificed. Within the development of writing his novel through a criticism mindset, he conceives a new genre of literature, dystopian. Dystopian novels are recognized for warning…show more content…
However, at the time there was no significance or acknowledgement of this genre. This means we can not say that Zamyatin broke the conventions of a dystopian genre intentionally. However, we can for science fiction. Although it is evident that Zamyatin has not broken any of the conventions of a science fiction novel. One significant point is that Zamyatin has stepped away from a science fiction genre to conquer his goal. This is because the conventions of a science fiction novel does not allow him to do so. His goal is to warn of the dangers of unchecked state control, to warn his state about the dangers of pursuing equality over individual freedom and creativity. To isolate every citizen’s human nature for equality is bound to have
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