D-530, the fictional person writing the story of the "One State," has, oddly enough, a poetic streak and that comes out through his first-person narrative. For example, he uses a metaphor when he compares life in the One State to an "epic poem." He employs repetition to create a sense of emphasis when he repeats "my cheeks burn." That phrase itself is a euphemism for shame or embarrassment.
This novel is a satire, critiquing the overly scientific and mechanistic pretensions of the early communist state in Russia, and Zamyatin manipulates point-of-view to poke fun at the worship of the sterile and the orderly. D-530 begins the novel, as is often the case with first person satires, as a true, unquestioning believer in the system. The imagery—description employing the five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch—with which he describes nature reflects what his society most values. For instance, he waxes ecstatic, even to the point of exclamation, over the orderly sky he sees: "we
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