Conformity And Collectivism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In Anthem, Equality egotistically breaks past the barriers of conformity and collectivism with innovation and invention. Equality creates the light bulb and believes that his creation will help him become a member of the Council of Scholars. When Equality presents his invention, the Scholars say “A Street Sweeper! A Street Sweeper walking in upon the World Council of Scholars! It is not believed! It is against all the rules and all the laws!” (69). The collectivist society forces Equality to become a Street Sweeper, and as a result his intelligence suddenly decreases in the eyes of the Scholars. He gets placed in that occupation in the first place because the government wans to keep him from speaking out and using his mind, but he does
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