Ayn Rand once said, “Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to ‘society’, to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its interest.” In Ayn Rand’s novella, Anthem, she depicts an anonymous, communist city in which no individual has any rights, they only exist for their “brothers”. Equality 7-2521 is a very venturesome and curious character that wants nothing more than to be an individual and live with no limits. The complication with Equality 7-2521 wanting to be his own individual is the rules and controls that comes with his collectivist society.
The Impact of Beliefs Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices and officials. In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts (Hyperlink on One Note) from her writings. The collectivist society created in Anthem by Ayn Rand, rules with a strict hand condemning anyone who chooses to speak out against it to harsh punishment, or worse, death. Equality 7-2521 lives his early life without understanding what individuality is and being entirely oblivious to emotions that are meant to be present in each human life.
Megan Morecraft Honors English II Mrs. Drake September 28, 2016 Equality’s True Motive Similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry, the society (in The Giver) is built upon rules that restrict the motives and individualities of the people that live within the community. For example, in The Giver the Elders of the society took away the ability to see color and feel love for one another by making the people resort to sameness. The protagonist, Jonas, was special like Equality in Anthem, because both of the characters figured out the problems of their society and rebelled. In the novella, Anthem, Ayn Rand creates a character named Equality, also known as Prometheus, who conducts secret experiments that are genuinely motivated by the desire to prove self-worth
Harrison Bergeron and Equality 7-2521 Is it possible that two different authors, writing their own dystopian pieces, make their characters alike? Anthem by Ayn Rand is a novella about a dystopian society that is in the future but their economy is not advanced like times today. Also, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is a short story about a dystopian society where the government values equality, so they make everyone equal in every way. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian literature and their protagonists are very similar in their attractiveness and defiance. Harrison Bergeron and Equality are both attractive men, but they are not allowed to be attractive or know what attractive is.
Throughout history, individuals have shown a trend in escaping situations in which they were in captivity. Similarly, this trend hold true in literature, as well. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple exemplifies this idea, as her protagonist, Celie, escapes from an abusive relationship by the end of the novel. Furthermore, Ayn Rand’s Anthem conveys the same message, for the main character of the novel, Equality 7-2521, eventually leaves the oppressive society in which he grew up.
In poetry and other literary and rhetoric works, parallelism is a term that refers to a literary or rhetorical device that makes components or parts of a sentence have the same constructions or look grammatically similar. In other words, parallelism entails using repeated words, phrasal forms or successive verbal constructions that parallel in their meter or grammatical structure to create a particular pattern to prose or a literature passage. Authors and poets establish parallelism by using devices such as antithesis, anaphora, and asyndeton, among other literary devices in different possibilities of juxtaposed contrast and repetition. In “The Declaration of Independence” there are several examples of parallelism, and the one I select for
The Declaration of Independence (US 1776) showed that all Americans deserve equal opportunities in life when it proclaimed that “all men are created equal”; however, slavery continued to exist for over 80 years. Inequality continues to haunt African Americans in the present day in numerous aspects of life, as is apparent with police brutality and higher poverty rates than their white counterparts.
Anthem Essay Topic 1 Ayn Rand's Anthem depicts a collectivist society where each person is stripped of his/her individuality and forced to do only things that work to better society. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has just invented some sort of lighting creation similar to the common lightbulb. Equality knows that his new invention may have a huge, and positive, impact on mankind. However, his knowledge of the prosperity that his creation could have on society is not what causes him to experience feelings of satisfaction and pride while constructing it. Equality's main source of motivation for creating the lightbox is to feel like he has something all to himself that another person is yet to have, and to experience a sense of accomplishment.
"All men are created equal", we were all created the same way; from our mother’s womb, and all babies are equally important, whether you are born a prince or a slave in your mother's womb, completely innocent and equal. However, some people out there do not think so, they feel that due to some of us being born with physical or mental disabilities or others being born into financially insecure families it would result in significantly less opportunities in life as compared to those who are born into families that can offer them a much better way of life. Although it is true that life is not fair towards everyone, I want to say that everybody deserves the same rights and responsibilities. Nobody is or looks the same, the color of your skin, your race, or your ethnicity makes you different from one another, this does not mean that not everybody deserves the same and that some people do not deserve to be treated equally and one of these discrimination is racism, which is something we have all witnessed before.
According to John Rohn “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by choice.” Life does not just get better, there must be changes. Each day people make choices in order to better their life. In Anthem, this never happens because the Council makes choices for everyone. When Equality 7-2521 is punished he is banished from the society and experiences what it is like to be an individual.
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history, stating ideals that the people still stand by today. It was written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, and it took him about three weeks. When he presented it to Congress on July 2nd they reviewed the document, made a few alterations, and accepted it two days later on July 4, 1776. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states four ideals that Americans still stand by today, but many argue which is the most important. Equality is the most important ideal in the Declaration of Independence because without it all of the other ideals would contradict themselves.