Analysis Of Anthem By Ayn Rand

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In the story Anthem by Ayn Rand, there is a society where freedom and individuality is nonexistent. In this setting, each individual exists only to serve the state. This philosophy is known as collectivism. Due to collectivism, a global dictatorship has been established. The main character, Equality 7-2521, was born with a curse. Equality 7-2521 stands at an unbelievable height of six feet. “There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers” (Teachers, Leaders 2). Growing up, each person is sent to a different place at certain stages in their life. They were to live at the Home of Infants until they were of age five. After living at the House of Infants for five years, they were then sent to the Home of the Students. Here, each person would complete ten years of learning and then be sent straight to work. In the years in the Home of the Students, Equality 7-2521 thought of the lessons to be too easy. This was considered a great sin because it was not good to be different from their brothers. The Council of Vocations would assign everyone their life Mandates which tells the students who are in their fifteenth year what they will be doing for the rest of their lives. Equality 7-2521 was assigned to be a “Street Sweeper”. Although Equality 7-2521 loved the Science of Things and wished to know more about what made the Earth and everything around them, he secretly wished to be sent to the Home of the Scholars. While
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