This Perfect Day Essay

1848 Words Oct 21st, 1999 8 Pages
This Perfect Day is probably Ira Levin's greatest work of his

career. Levin's work, despite being written in 1970, is very

plausible having realistic technology, such as scanners and

computers which watch over the entire family, the entire

population of the world. This novel could be used to show

the dangers of a Utopian society as well as being full of

anti-Communist and anti-racist sentiment. This Perfect Day

also displays the feeling that communist and segregated

institutions can be defeated, as the protagonist Chip over

powers the "family" and their vile Uni Comp as well as rising

above the segregated community he reaches after fleeing the


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Papa Jan begins telling Chip how he helped build Uni Comp

and this is the real computer, not the pastel posies upstairs

for the tourists to view. Chip feels unsure because he has

lied to Uni by not touching the scanners and now it does not

know where he is. He also wonders why Uni Comp would

lie to them and why Papa Jan brought him down here. This

is Chip's first experiences with anti-family feelings and those

associated with sick members. As Chip grows up, he

continues having thoughts that go against the grain.

Everything about his unified world seems strange and not

quite right, but these feelings are quickly suppressed at the

end of each month when it is time for his monthly treatment.

As time goes on, Chip explores his feelings, sometimes

putting off a treatment for a day or two so that he becomes

more aware of his surroundings. Eventually, a band of folks

like himself notices Chip. They too are dissatisfied with their

current lives and how Uni represses their thoughts and

feelings, as well as actions with it's prescribed monthly

treatments. They show him how to act so that he can get his

monthly treatments reduced and begin to explore his new

found wants and desires. This band meets and talk about

how they wish the world were better and they also skip off

for un-repressed sex and to smoke tobacco
. Eventually,

Chip wants more. He wants more

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