Comparing Objectivism In Anthem And The Dead Poets Society

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Mr. Keating is a new English teacher at an all-boys school that is known for its traditions and high standards. He uses unique methods to reach out to his students, who are faced with enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Mr. Keating's help, students Neil, Todd and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day. Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella that takes place at an unspecified future date where mankind has entered a dark age where the concept of individuality has been eliminated. In Anthem, written by Ayn Rand and The Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir, it is easy to see that they both include objectivism, conformity and the different viewpoints on life both characters had. …show more content…

Objectivism is a philosophy created by Ayn Rand that states happiness is the moral purpose of life. Equality says, “And now, sitting in our tunnel, we wonder about these words. It is forbidden, not to be happy.” (Rand 45). In Dead Poets Society, Neil wants to be an actor but his father wants him to be a doctor. Neal rebels against his father and performs in a play. He did this because acting makes him happy. Also the group of students who joined the dead poets society chose to do that. They sneak out to go to the club meetings and risk getting in trouble because it makes them happy. Whereas in Anthem, Equality sneaks out to go to a secret tunnel. He could get into a lot of trouble but he does it anyway because it makes him happy. Later on they wander into the Uncharted Forest, find a house and lives a happy life with

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