With an inquisitive nature, an innovative mind, and latent desire, Equality possesses the traits of a visionary. Every step Equality takes, is one away from the public-spirited system; another towards personal identity. Each step is an internal struggle, due to the machine’s brainwash and eloquent reprogram of Equality’s instinctive mind. But nature tells Equality that his DNA is nothing save himself. Nature tells Equality that individuality is man’s birthright, man’s one true victory.
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once said. Considering his work, Harrison Bergeron, that seems to be true, a world that worries about equality, generally a good thing, but leads to totalitarianism. Vonnegut criticizes a political issue, the involvement of the state in the lives of individuals and the challenges of changing modern society we face. The author uses his short story to teach a lesson, but a lesson the reader has to conclude for himself. Vonnegut clearly shows the intention of educating his reader, giving him a chance to draw his own conclusion instead of presenting him with a preconceived solution.
John Galt is the full and perfect embodiment of Objectivism. In accordance with Rand’s philosophy, Galt holds his happiness as his moral purpose. Throughout the novel, manipulation of one’s happiness is a key tool of the looters. This can be seen through the comments of men like Floyd Ferris: “There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is to crack down on criminals.
As stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. In the novella, Anthem by Ayn Rand, the setting takes place in a futuristic, dystopian society that has abandoned the use of modern technology and has set rules and regulations in order to keep one practice, Collectivism, or a practice where people do not think or make decisions for themselves. No men are permitted to think of others as closer to them than any others, or have preferences on things such as their profession. If one considers his own well being and desires above that of his brothers, it is seen as a transgression. The City is ruled by the Councils who select how their citizens
Ayn Rand thinks people should be warned about the dangers of people taking away their freedom. Rand wrote a book on freedom of the individual, titled Anthem. Anthem is a novella about Equality 7-2521 breaking the law to write a story about discovering his freedom. Rand uses tone, theme, and symbolism to alert the reader about freedom. Rand shows the contrast of being enslaved and being free throughout her book.
She does this by developing a protagonist, Equality-72521, who seeks to have the privilege of exploring and taking risks. Equality-72521 lives in a society that shames him for being curious and having an imagination different from the others around him by telling him that he should not be different from others. By placing him into this situation, Rand proves to her readers that the only way to success is through trust in oneself, even through failures and the doubt of others. Rand depicts the theme that self-reliance on one’s own thoughts, actions, and curiosity is the key to success in her novel, Anthem, by showing her readers that taking risks is necessary to learn new things.
Crowley’s main goal in Good Omens is to halt the incoming apocalypse, constantly growing as a person while doing so. While Equality and Crowley have many contrasting qualities, and few concurrent qualities, only one of each has been debated below. One of the many contrasting qualities of Equality and Crowley is how thoughtful they are of others against how thoughtful they are of themselves. Throughout Anthem, Equality wishes to spread his knowledge to others without
They were naïve and they became so mindlessly loyal to the world. For example, when Equality 7-2521 easily escaped from the Palace of Corrective Detention, this evince that his peers were so obedient that they will not even exert their individual wills against the Council by attempting to escape from prison. This additionally shows the amount of power the Council had over the society. Moreover, the novel “Anthem” portrays Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism through the quest of a hero named Equality 7-2521. The hero’s quest was to find individualism in a world of collectivism.
To get there, the society works for the common good thus creating a collectivist society. In their eyes it is a sin to be smarter, prettier, taller, or in any way different. It takes an unconquered odd ball to find the truth of love. When Equality, the main character in Anthem, escapes this society he finds himself living in a life full of false emotions. Equality finds the truth of family love, friendship love, and romance love.
To begin, Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Curiosity, a desire to know or learn something, must exist in in this world in order for new things to be discovered. In the novel, Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, the male protagonist, Equality 7-2521, lives in a dystopian society in which everyone are forced to learn and think the way the World Council of Scholars want them to. The World Council of Scholars are the smartest people who dictate everything in this society. Equality 7-2521 begins to break away from this conformity, beginning with his encounter with an underground tunnel where he learns of electric light; then he presents his discovery to the World Council of Scholars.