Edwin Abbott’s Flatland
I: chapters 1 & 2
Part II: all chapters
- What do you make of the Square’s experiences in the first paragraph
of chapter 18? Why does Spaceland initially appear so horrifying to him,
i.e., as a “madness” or a “hell?”
- When, toward the
end of his journey through Spaceland, the Square asks the Sphere about the
next dimensions, what arguments does the Sphere make
against the possibility of more than three dimensions?
- What do you make of
the Sphere’s refusal to consider the possibility
of more than three dimensions?
- What do you think Abbott is trying to tell
us with this story about our ability to understand the world?