Time Analysis In Atomik Aztex

November 15, 2011

In Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex, Zenzontli often mentions the year 1942. The numbers of the year, if rearranged yields the year 1492, the year of the discovery of the new world. Both years are significant in which 1942 depicts a world plunged into chaos, a result of World War II, while 1492 depicts a more promising illusion, since the new world had already been inhibited but was newly discovered by settlers. If we, as readers, can accept this theory, the two times can be related to the way in which Zenzotli views his visions and his reality. When speaking with Nita, Zenzotli states:

“‘I’ve been going nuts. You can’t imagine. Between real visions and fake insights, between fake visions and real delusions, I can’t tell what time it is, whether the big hand is on the three or the little hand is on the six, or the little hand is on the three or the big hand is on the six.’” (Sesshu Foster 69)

Zenzotli visions have compromised his understanding of what his reality truly is. In one sense, it can be argued that he does prefer his visions to his reality since it does help him discover who he is and why the visions continue to occur. On the other hand, despite having said he may actually like having the visions, the visions cause Zenzotli to dive into a world of chaos, in which he confuses where his reality ends and where the visions begin.

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One Response to “Time Analysis In Atomik Aztex”

  1.   salvarez said:

    Jennifer, thanks for all the media. I suggest checking out some of the media on Andrea’s blog as well, and Aparna’s got some great stuff too.

    I’m always happy to see the connections you’re making between all sorts of cultural texts, from shows and songs, to novels in other classes. Notice how I use “texts” to encompass all those different genres and media. The Jahn ideas can be applied to all sorts of texts, as you well know.

    Remember to use an article and not a review for your next response.

    10 out of 10 points.

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