Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits Investigator Lit Circle

Cordelia Jamieson

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

November 1st, 2019

The issue of investigation throughout David Wong’s Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is the nature of Tabula Ra$a’s name. Tabula Ra$a is the big city in which our main character, Zoey Ashe, travels to unlock her late father’s vault, a crucial setting to our storyline and it’s respective plot. Tabula Ra$a is depicted to be a city by which today’s standards would consider “off-the-rails”, having no proper authoritative protection aside from hired guarding services, it being a society fueled with intent greed and jealousy. “Everything’s legal when there’s nobody to enforce the law.” As you can possibly try to imagine, this type of system initiates senses of mayhem at a rapid rate, no regulations or boundaries to keep people in line. Interestingly enough, after extensively researching name origins of Tabula Ra$a I discovered that it has two primary meanings. Firstly, it represents the mind in a state of “blank slate” before receiving impressions from exterior forces and, lastly, something existing in its original pristine state. Conducting this research, although seemingly minor to the plot, supplies crucial understanding of the material to the reader.

This research has an air of symbolism to it as Tabula Ra$a, the imperfect city, is considered a “blank slate” and is therefor prompted by the imaginative efforts of its citizens. As Zoey Ashe comes into Tabula Ra$a for the first time, she speaks with a city native on the train, saying the city can interpret the ways you think; if you want a restaurant, for example, it’ll be there the following day. In some ways the entire city’s concept is to be open to the imaginative world of its inhabitants and represents in a sense why these structures can get out of control within a governmental setting. However it is also a crucial aspect to the reader viewing the uncanny parallel between this fictional city and the globe we inhabit today, with all the exterior forces and cultures influencing different places and cultures, whether it be through the media or literature. 

The sources I used in the duration of my research were a combination of both reliable and untrustworthy. The first source to appear after looking for Tabula Rasa’s name origin was, of course, a Wikipedia page. As Wikipedia is a platform to which many (oftentimes unqualified) people can add their respective documents and information, it is hence considered to be an unreliable source. However, after grasping the seemingly simplified meaning and background information of this subject, I was able to cross-reference it with sources such as Academic Kids, Very Well Mind, and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. These sources proved to be more reliable. For example, Very Well Mind is a site dedicated to psychology and helped me achieve and assess well-rounded scientifically mentioned definitions to which I could acclaim my essay.


Fritscher, Lisa. “Why the Psychology Theory of Tabula Rasa You Can Unlearn Bad Behavior.” Verywell Mind, Verywell Mind, 20 Sept. 2019, www.verywellmind.com/blank-slate-definition-2671563

The meaning for this primary source was to educate and inform the general public viewing about a psychological term, Tabula Rasa, within itself that is very complex and complicated. It was extremely useful in cross-checking as well as giving me solid definition and symptoms to expect.

“Tabula Rasa.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tabula rasa

This secondary source gave me the definition that was given alongside multiple examples to better my understanding on the subject. It was definitely a monitored reliable source, very useful while conducting my research at this time.

“Tabula Rasa.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Nov. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabula_rasa

This source, although a fairly unreliable page in terms of author(s), was decently helpful to help me understand this extraordinarily complicated subject in what I can only deem “simpler terms”. It was very much simplified and was helpful, being the first source I found, to help me get a grip on the subject before diving into the psychological aspects. 

“Tabula Rasa.” Tabula Rasa - Academic Kids, academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Tabula_rasa

This source was an amazing reference point, providing links with images and other useful documents. As it advertizes as a children’s research site, the authors are very reliable and the concept was easily understood.

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