The text I am going to analyse tells some kind of diary of a character that is inspired by Andras Tamas. Andras Tamas was a Hungarian soldier who was wrongly taken prisoner during the Second World War. The funny thing about Tamas is that he was thought to be crazy because of the fact that he was speaking Hungarian which made Russians think he was speaking gibberish. So Tamas were taken to a psychiatric hospital where he spent most of his life. The text consists of seven paragraphs in which the character tells us how he had spent his seven days until the day he was supposed to die.
The text begins with the paragraph “The Seventh Day”. As it is stated in the passage, we can clearly say that the character died sixty-seven years ago. The character says that the weather is getting warmer and everything, he is smelling the burn of something and everything is melting slowly. These are obviously descriptions of the hell. We can understand that the character stays at a hospital and his keeper takes him to get some fresh air some days. Maybe they go to hill everyday and the character describes the hill as the peak of the hell. The character uses a wheelchair which is controlled by his keeper.
Even if the character does not want to go out, his keeper who has no ability of speaking takes him outside for the reason that he does not even know. The character looks forward to the day when he is going to die. Actually, he does not describe it as death, he says that he is going to be born when the big day comes. It goes without saying that the character makes quotes from the Bible. He’s obsessed with the idea of rebirth. Without doubt we can stay that the character believes in after life and reincarnation. Also he indicates that this is not and will not be his first death.
By his thoughts, one can say that the character is revengful, angry and impatient. On the other hand, in this paragraph the number seven is used again and again. According to the Bible, the God created the world in seven days. So there are allusions to the Bible and there is an intertextual link between the number seven which is repeated in the paragraph “The Seventh Day” and the seventh day of creation The paragraph “The Sixth Day”, begins with a name “Vladimir Komarov”. Vladimir Komarov was a Soviet test pilot who died during a spaceflight.
The character says ‘Vladimir, I feel you. ” . Because he thinks they have things in common. For example, the character who is the copy of Andras Tamas, was taken to a psychiatric hospital by Russians. And also, Vladimir Komarov was used for the new space capsule. So, Russians affected not only the character but also Vladimir Komarov. They are both lonely and have no one to talk to. The character who emphasizes the day that he is going to die, thinks that he will be able to talk to Vladimir again when the big day comes. He’s impatient and hopeful this time.
In the paragraph “The Fifth Day”, we can say that the character is very tired of thinking of words. Since he is not able to talk to someone, he has no other option. The character thinks he is like a young prince. Day after day, he notices how pathetic he is. The character makes comment about philosophers. He thinks when the the big day comes, all words spoken until now will be worthless and gone. We can say that the character misses the days when he was used to speak. “I wish you were a woman. “, says the character in the beginning of the paragraph “The Fourth Day”.
Apparently the character desires a woman. He calls his keeper “Rower”. The rower must be the angel of death in our character’s eyes. But the rower cannot communicate with him as the keeper is dumb. In the paragraph “The Third Day”, character talks about the same hill as he does in the paragraph “The Seventh Day”. By his words, we can understand that the character does not have hands and he is sorry for this very much. The character is so revengeful that he keeps saying “I will teach all of you. “, “When the day comes, I will be your teacher. ” “The Second Day”, the character is still on the same hill.
He makes practive for the revenge. When he is able to talk, he will reckon with people who he hates. Actually there is a revengeful quote. The character acts like he is going to be Jesus after he dies. He says “There is no time”. The character certainly refers to after life and its positive sides. Also from the paragraph “The Seventh Day” to the paragraph “The Second Day”, the character keeps talking about a yellow letter is very important for him. In the paragraph “The Last Day”, the character waits impatiently for the day he is supposed to die.
After a while, he notices that mountains does not melt and there is no scream. So, he starts doubting if the day he has been waiting for days or years is not this day. We can say that he is totally disappointed not to be right about the doomsday. Finally the character wants his keeper to open and read the yellow letter which he wrote when he was able to write and speak but the keeper pays no attention to the character’s words so the character gets angry and furious. The character also wants his keeper to push the character and his wheelchair down the hill.
We can understand that disappointed character wants to die but his keeper does not pay attention to his words again. Also it is clear that the character feels sorry for the keeper who takes care of him. Finally the keeper does what he does everyday and heads to the hospital with the character. But on his way back, the disappointed, tired and pissed off character starts getting a hoarse voice “No! Not again! Do not bring me back! Please! Please! Pleas! Plea! Ple… “.
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