Roger Zelazny’s “For A Breath I Tarry” is probably my very favorite sci-fi story of all time–a novelette or long-short story about a distant. Publication: For a Breath I Tarry Publication Record # ; Author: Roger Zelazny; Date: ; ISBN: []; Publisher. This is a wonderful story on a theme that Zelazny returns to often – precisely what . Read For a Breath I Tarry for the first time as part of the new.

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In this story, Zelazny tries to identify the very things that signify man.

Frost, the main character of the story, embarks on a quest to become Man. On his journey, Frost encounters several works of art, and reads all of the literature that remains to try and pinpoint traits that make up man so he can create a formula to replicate them. However, Mordel, the antagonist, believes it cannot be q.

Eventually, Frost is able to collect living cells and create an exact replica ezlazny a human being. Then, he transfers his consciousness from himself to the body.


Thus, he has accomplished his goal. Certain joys and reactions cannot be formulated, and cannot ever be understood fully.

For a Breath I Tarry

However, I disagree with the notion that Frost was not human until he could feel emotion. Throughout the story, Frost is constantly finding ways to avoid or bend the rules which Solcom, the leader, had in place.

This action illustrates something that is inherently human. Man is always looking for a way to bend the rules so that they can do whatever they want while still having the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are abiding by the rules.

For instance, there is quite a lot of biblical symbolism.

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Solcom, the primary controller, symbolizes God, and Divcom, the secondary controller who opposes Solcom, represents Satan. Furthermore, at the tarryy of the story, Frost and Beta are essentially the new Adam and Eve.

Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge of the universe. The endings of the two stories are also quite similar.


Then, Frost fulfills his quest of becoming a human, and Divcom loses out on his end of the bargain. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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