Communism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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During the novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand, the author includes many examples of communism which can relate to communist Russia. “It was not that the learning was to hard for us. It was that the learning was too easy. It is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick. It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them.” (Rand, 1961, pg. 21) This quote shows that the society is a communist society. This shows because during communist Russia the people were not allowed to be different. In the book Anthem it is exactly the same. No one in Anthem and Communist Russia was allowed to be creative or different. Another quote would be “They called the students’ names, and when the students stepped before them, one after another, the council said: ‘Carpenter’ or ‘Doctor’ or ‘Cook’ or ‘Leader’ Then each Student raised their right arm and said: ‘The will of our brothers be done.’” (Rand, 1961, pg.25) This also directly relates to Communist Russia because during that time people didn’t have a say in what they wanted, or what they felt was right, or what they …show more content…

During the time, people of Communist Russia did not have as many rights as they do now. The people were told what to do, and the people had to do it. Again, Anthem is extremely similar. Nobody had a say in what involved them, and some people despised that. Some people hated not being able to speak their mind. Lastly, another quote that proves that Anthem and Communist Russia are similar is, “And each of the men have one of the women assigned to them by the Council of Eugenics.” (Rand, 1961, pg. 41) Again, people in Anthem had no control over what they wanted. Communist Russia was exactly the same. The novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand, represented a collectivist society, which can be directly compared to

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