A Correct Transgressor In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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A Correct Transgressor “It is a sin to write this.” Is the quote used to begin the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand, and the start of its symbolic story. Which now is also how this analysis will start, to explain how Equality changed his mindset about his first words in the novel, and how his eventual change is the correct one. Throughout the book Equality slowly morphs into an individual due to different things that left an impact on him along the process of his story. This is all because writing is a sin in Equality’s society because writing can lead to self exploration, the society’s desired effect is for there to be zero individuals and accomplishes this goal by physically and mentally changing everyone. But Equality's final assessment of his so called sin is correct, in the terms of moral assessment which by definition is “the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual”. Therefore Equality discovers that he has done no sin at all, reaching individuality Equality finds out is not a sin, but is simply the path of truly finding what is actually …show more content…

Some things that make us ‘human’ are just the things we value most such as love, emotions, feelings, senses, etc. With this knowledge the society took away the ability to share feelings and the ability to show real affection, they took away the thought of even having thoughts because then curiosity would take over and lead them closer to real, personal independence. Then managed to snatch away anyone’s self worth, all of these things leaving them being in a constant state of unease. For instance, “There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak” (46). This quote is important to understanding how big of an impact fear was on them, and shows that it began to literally consume

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