Daisy Pham Language Arts Honor February 2nd, 2017 1st hour Anthem The book Anthem was written by Ayn Rand is a Science Fiction Book. This Science Fiction book would be unknown since the Author didn’t exactly give the time in the book. In the book Anthem there wasn’t any clues or hints that it took place in 1900’s or the 2000’s. Ayn Rand is a Russian-American novelist and she is known for writing books. During the High school years, she was a eyewitness Kerensky Revolution which she had supported. Anthem is about Equality 7-2521 that is the Street-Sweeper of the city, that has been chose by the Council of Vocations. In his experiments, Equality 7-2521 would learn about Electricity. After much effort, to create an electric …show more content…
Equality has learned his reading teaches him that persons are individuals, not splintered fragments of the group; they have no right to pursue their happiness, and should not be sacrifice themselves for others; that they require freedom to do this, and must not be enslaved by the group. The overall Theme would be the actual word Ego it was talked in the story about how it means a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. Equality 7-2521 was mainly focusing on telling us that the ending he wanted us to learn was that it’s your conscious mind, the part of identify that you consider “yourself”. In Latin it would mean ‘self’ or “I”. I would highly suggest reading this book since it will make you realize that society isn’t always good. It will make you truly think of how Society was in that time period. It really influences you and let’s you know higher and better vocabulary. This book is confusing to read but overall it’s a good book. If you really like high-level reading then you should go for this book definitely. There is many elements in this book that makes you learn more about what he is going through. I learned that this book may be a bit confusing/hard but it’s still a great
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In the beginning of the Anthem written by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 was always told to act like his brothers, he was punished and disciplined as a child. They even state the same saying before bed each night, “We are all and all for one, there is no we only the great we, one indivisible and forever. ”(Chapter 1, Paragraph 8) Equality 7-2521 even states “We repeat this to ourselves, but it helps us not. ”(Chapter 1, Paragraph 9), basically he is saying that he has said this saying his whole life before he goes to bed, but he doesn't believe in what he states.
Anthem was written by Ayn Rand and published in 1938. In the beginning of the book I didn’t think much of it. It consisted of a grey city where everyone is equal and works as one, and individualism is nonexistent. This city is controlled by totalitarian leaders. The main character or protagonist, Equality 7-2521 has always been different from the rest, in terms of knowledge, height, and physical strength.
At the beginning of Anthem Equality has changed his mind about a lot of things in the beginning of the story. Equality got picked to be a street sweeper by the government, but he really wanted to be a scholar but couldn’t because of the government. Equality had a rough life. Well he was a street sweeper but he was smart enough to be a scholar the government did not think he was. In the book anthem by ayn rand Equality was not good for any body or anything at the beginning he had a rough start to his life.
This essay will be discussing whether or not the character Equality 7-2521’s assessment of his sins towards throughout of the book he’s from, Anthem. His assessment (that he doesn’t care about his sin, as it was decided a sin by a government he sees as immoral and corrupt) is in my opinion, correct. This thought stems mainly from the fact he documented his thoughts throughout the book, and the documents could potentially inspire other people to do the same thing he did, which Equality would probably like. At the beginning of Anthem, Equality feels ashamed with many actions of his, specifically calling many of them evil, sinful, or a “transgression”.
Anthem is a novel about a man, Equality 7-2521, who has been different from everyone else ever since he was a child. Equality has more ambition than the other people and he also breaks some of the laws. such as using the word "I" and keeping secrets from the council. But, his collectivist society taught him that being different is a sin so, he tries hard to suppress his curiosity and his desire of wanting another job than what the council assigned him. One day, as equality is working , he sees the beautiful Liberty 5-3000 among the peasants.
The stagnancy of these texts is nearly unbearable to people in our society. Controlled by everything from emotion to attire, these texts use their control to further a society under the guise of improvement over a pervious way of living. The Handmaid’s Tale boasts a defiant member of society from the beginning, forever struggling against a regime intent on classicism in the highest degree. Anthem, however, furthers the idea of deviating from society better than The Handmaid’s Tale. This is due, mostly, to the fact that Equality must come full circle, from believing that The Council is omniscient, to his realization that his thoughts are the only thing which should truly matter to him.
What makes one person different from another? Is it height, weight, and color of skin, or is it personality, family, and attitude? These differences can define a person and separate them from those around them. These differences make a person an individual; however, in Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem, Equality 7-521 is anything but an individual. He spends his days sweeping the streets and his nights sleeping in a white room with ninety-nine of his brothers.
Equality 7-2521 can free himself from collectivism because he was independent. In the novel Anthem Ayn Rand makes us comprehend that Equality had and inner struggle and
Equality is really enjoying his time in the forest he enjoys making things with his own hands and being able to do and say whatever he wants. Though a couple days in he meet someone, The Golden One, the two travel together and eventual find a house from the unmentionable times. There he discovers many things including books, the books he reads contain something new for him, the word I. This brings him to revelation of how the only thing holding a person back is his brother
This made Equality find out who he is and gave him the chance to be an individual. Equality’s views and mindset changes through out the book. He was born in a society where people are named by numbers. A world where people are used as machines. In this world the word “I” is out of existence.
“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (Rand 19). How can an individual be a hero in a collectivist society? In The Anthem, a novella by Ayn Rand, the protagonist, Equality 7-2521 is portrayed as an archetypal epic hero. Equality 7-2521 exhibits the characteristics of an epic hero because he is capable of great deeds, he has a nemesis, and he experiences an event that leads to a quest.
Experiencing society being completely obliterated and reborn is immensly traumatic, and Russian-born author Ayn Rand experienced this when her world turned upside down at the start of the Bolshevik Revolution. This Civil War killed as many as ten million people and Russia transitioned into a communist country. Her dystopian fiction novella Anthem portrays a future where communism never ceased and mankind was reborn into a collectivist society. The main character, Equality 7-2521, curiously questions his society and its structure and redefines it through invention and exploration. Although seemingly heroic, Equality 7-2521, in actuality, represents many flaws.
Unlike during the Unmentionable Times, when men created “towers [that] rose to the sky,” it is an affliction to be born with powerful intellectual capacity and ambition in Ayn Rand’s apocalyptic, nameless society in Anthem. Collectivism is ostensibly the moral guidepost for humanity, and any perceived threat to the inflexible, authoritarian regime is met with severe punishment. The attack on mankind’s free will and reason is most evident in the cold marble engraving in the Palace of the World Council: “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (6). Societal norms force homogeneity and sacrifice among all people.
Equality is something people want till people actually have it. Equality often limits a person’s abilities and disables to do something for themselves or inspire themselves. Equality's, the main character in the book Anthem, the primary motivation is proving that he is smart enough to become a scholar. Equality has a right to be motivated in this way since he believes that he can help the society so he is giving into the collectivism. I think that if everyone was motivated in this way, there would be a more progressive society where people sought to improve themselves and society at the same time.
¨We do not wonder at this new sin of ours. It is our second transgression of Preference, for we do not think of all our brothers, as we must, but only of one, and their name is Liberty 5-300. We do not know why we think of them” (Rand 41). In Ayn Randś dystopian novel, Anthem, the citizens are forced to think that they cannot have any preference, this includes liking someone more than others. Randś protagonist, Equality 7-2521, started the book falling in love with the Golden One, but as he moves toward individuality he begins to be in “love” less as he realizes there’s more than just being in a group.