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Shed 12

Trevor Bourke
Utopia/Dystopia
20/03/2012

From Communist Russia To Storage

In "The life and adventures of shed 12" Victor Pelevin comically uses manmade objects to create a fictional depiction of the psychology of post-World War 1 Russia. In this short story, a shed named Shed XII is the infantile protagonist that wants to become a red bike. Shed XII is the property of a simple farmer but later on he becomes a food storage shed filled with pickled goods that sicken him. As self- reflective individuals we have the choice of becoming who we want to be, our destiny is not to conform and pursue happiness by means of what is given in society. We must create our own happiness internally ...

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had been destroyed without passing on much wisdom, "There is no other path" replied the garage. "Of course, you're not likely to succeed, but your chances are better than those of a kennel or a Tobacco kiosk". (496) to the newer and younger generation. The role of the female store owner is similar to that of the oppressive Czarists. In the story the shopkeeper takes out what the Shed holds dearest and replaces it with slimy pickled vegetables. This can be interpreted has revolutionary ideas of socialism being supressed by the totalitarian word of the czar. Cabbage and beats are very common foods in Russia therefore it also may represent the repulsive twist (the pickling of food) that has been force upon the Russian people. The bicycle represents communist freedom. The bike stimulates the Shed and makes him very envious. The bike and the Shed are both comrades due to their similar color, red. Yet Shed 12 is still in some way lower than the bike and must amount to the bikes ...

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Added: 4/29/2012 04:00:42 PM
Submitted By: Bamboo9
Category: English
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