Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Structuralism in Dr. Hoffman
The scene on page 214 near the conclusion of the book has a structuralist element to it. The naked young couples producing the eroto-energy that feeds the desire machines are kept in fine mesh cages. The mesh that surrounds these beings signifies the structure by which we all live. The mesh is designed to keep the desires of the lovers, and ourselves, contained, as in not to be let out. The mesh design is seen throughout the book. Things like roads were given a set of rules by which to follow. The crossword done by the Minister with Desiderio’s assistance is a prominent example of this mesh of reason. Even the mesh of time, as indicated by Einstein, was disrupted. The lovers and their desires being caged up brings summation to the point that even in the production of infinite desire, some of that desire must be contained, meaning a world ruled by infinite desire is simply not possible.