Collectivism In Anthem, By Ayn Rand

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In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 lives in a collectivist dictatorship where he is deprived of his own rights as an individual. Equality struggles and is challenged in this society but is able to free himself with self-discovery of reality. A collectivist society focuses on individuals as part of a group and that man is chained to a collective action and collective thought for the “common good.” Being associated with a society like this gives individuals no rights to their own life and passion. According to Ayn Rand in The Soul of an Individualist, collectivism “produces nothing but mutual corruption.” The concept of collectivism encourages altruism and that individuals serve no purpose except the sake of serving society. …show more content…

Every struggle and obstacle that Equality is challenged with leads up to his self-realization and discovery that everyone functions independently, human beings have their own individuality, and that freedom leads to happiness. In The Soul of an Individualist, Ayn Rand states how the “basic need of the creator is independence.” Equality is independent long before he discovers individualism. He has his own thoughts, uses his own mind, and does not betray the ideas that he believes in, even if they are rejected and not allowed in society. Equality completes several events of life in his own way, such as talking to a Liberty, though he acknowledges that punishment is involved. Equality also expresses his pleasure in the Science of Things as he creates electricity. Slowly, Equality begins to do whatever will bring him pleasure and happiness, and according to the author, a country is based on “a man’s right to the pursuit of happiness. His own happiness” (Soul of an Individualist 38). Equality displays his integrity as he is true to his principles and beliefs. He realizes that no society can be collectivist without depriving individuals of basic rights, conforming to Ayn Rand’s beliefs: “There is no such thing as a collective brain…collective thought” (Soul of an Individualist 9). Equality 7-2521 can also be seen as courageous, or a risk-taker, as he challenges the beliefs of a collectivist

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