The Paragon of Freedom Equality is something strived for by society, to liberate ourselves of oppression and be ourselves unconditionally. But, equality cannot be achieved by the oppression of others, it will only cause others to retaliate or resist. This can be seen in Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem, where she depicts this exactly, the protagonist, Equality, is a young man who has been assigned the job of a street sweeper by his society. Equality has grown up being wrongly taught that the individual is subordinate to the whole society, therefore being oppressed by a collectivist society; due to his inquisitive nature, sense of self, and desire for self-improvement, he is able to break free and practice individualism rather than the oppression he faced during his time in collectivist society. Equality’s inquisitivity shines through in
(x) In order to feel guilt, one must be residing to a set morals and violate them. However, since “all values have to be gained and/ or kept by men’s actions” ,(Selfishness), Equality had been following not his individual moral code, as he had not developed his own morals, but the group morality of his society. Ultimately, Equality still believed in his society, as it was all he had ever known. “Tomorrow in the full light of day, we shall take our box and leave our tunnel open, and walk through the streets to the home of the scholars. We shall put before them the truth.
Their love is confirmed when Equality states, “Our son will be raised as a man” (Rand 100). He willingly wants to create a family with the one he puts above everyone else. Equality finds the truth of family love, friendship love, and romance love. As he escapes the only living style he knows to live, he discovers a whole other style of life. He gives freedom to any kind of love there is to feel.
I think Equality believes the controls and rules present in his previous home are unnecessary, and a barrier to what men could really accomplish if they were permitted to think, imagine, and create, not just alone but, together. I believe Equality finds these things important above all others and for these reasons, I do not believe that the recent rules that dominated the city of where Equality once lived will appear in the society that Equality
Escaping Communism Ayn Rand depicts a communist world in her book Anthem, where the citizens live day to day identical to the one before. Equality 7-2521, a struggling man in the society, is set apart for his strive of wanting more than what the society gives him. Rand shows that in a world carried on in such a communistic matter, it leaves some struggling and at a loss to make do with what they have and to fit in. The book, Anthem gives a grand example of how others react to one’s differences, shunning them or giving a punishment. Equality 7-2521 has a compelling ambition to learn things which then helps him escape the society.
Lastly he want to be a good example to the society showing future generation about equality in the society.Therefore, Harrison is hero to his society because, he stood against knowledge and ignorance. For Instance, in countless ways harrison impervious to restriction to society place on him. In Vonnegut’s reading ,“ Harrison’s scrap-iron handicaps crashed to the floor”(page5). The author mention this to his audience because He tried to inform the society that they have been wearing handicap for unequal.in addition, he try to protect the rights and justices of the society, and he was able to set himself for freedom. He accepted the society he detested.
Does a person have to be all good or all evil? This question is explored in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. As a young boy, Amir is faced with hard decisions and makes choices that no one his age should have to. The consequences of his choices follow him throughout his life, even after he moves from Afghanistan to America to escape his guilt. When the opportunity to make up for his mistakes arises, Amir takes it and atones for his past, starting his journey from shame to redemption.
But we haven’t seen the changes for Equality who’s supposed to be the strong man who protects his family and do all the work. Until he says “We did this work alone, for no words of ours could take the Golden One away from the big glass which is not glass” (Rand 92). This is not only showing Equality’s change, of doing all the hard work and all the hunting, but also another snapshot at the “new” Liberty and how she loves looking at herself in the mirror. ( conclusion sentence ) In the beginning the relationship was still unknown and Liberty and Equality had just met. As the book moves on Liberty is more submissive, and Equality became stronger and more selfish.
Nature tells Equality that individuality is man’s birthright, man’s one true victory. It is a self motivated animal, that not even the propaganda of socialism can cage. This selfishness is what eventually prompts Equality to look at his reflection in awe, create electrical lighting with his ingenuity, and, lastly, love Liberty. By recognizing and accepting these individual strengths, interests, and desires, Equality is victorious in freeing himself from collectivism. Man only comprehends rigid conformity.
Honor is assumed to mean loyalty to one’s moral principles. The amount of someone’s honor is reliant on on the tenure of a sum of other virtues, such as honesty, duty, courage and patriarchy. However, the main character, as honorable as he was once shown to be, deserts his army to seek his love interest. He feels remorse at this fact because he could have stayed and fought with his country, but it wasn’t what he wanted to do. He felt as if honor wasn’t part of who he was, and instead chose what would make him happier, running away to Catherine.
He is special because he wants change and does not just live with what he has. Harrison and Equality both crave a different and fair lifestyle no matter what the cost it. Although "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian pieces whose protagonist are incredibly similar. Both Harrison and Equality were equally defiant and refused live by the rules that everyone is supposed to live by. They live with this mentality because they have a special thinking process and want more than the dull lives they live.
The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, challenges these concepts. In fact, despite living in this regimented society, he seeks individuality, suffers for his idealism, and comes of age despite disillusionment. Equality possesses an inner quality that causes him to seek individuality. To begin, seeking individuality is forbidden in his society, so he is forced
Anthem is writing as a journey of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in the future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, for not even knowing the word "I" and can only speak of himself as "We." Everyone lives and work in collective groups and he is assigned to a Street Sweeper of the city by the Council of Vocations. However, Equality 7-2521 try to lead himself to recreate electric light and how it can be harnessed to human benefit. He has been taught that it is a sin to harbor secret ambitions, and so he believes he is guilty.Equality 's struggle to be free and to reach an individual life/ When he presents his discovery to the Council of Scholars, they punish him for daring to act as an individual and threaten to destroy his creation. He went into the Uncharted Forest and he is joined there by his love, a girl called Liberty 5-3000.
George and Hazel can live with each other, their society has restrictions for people to be equal but not with marriage nor love. The novella Anthem has people being scared to fall out of line with society, therefore Equality is required to live in groups with his brothers and is not allowed to have he option to marry or to love someone. Following yourself is important in today’s envronment because you are taught to be yourself and not someone who you’re
It was a curse to be smarter than everyone else (Anthem). Equality was shame upon because the government made everyone uniform or at least tried. “We strive to be like our brothers, for all men must be alike.” (Rand, 19). For the fear of being the odd one, Equality had to strive the someone he wasn’t for a long time. ¨We, Equality 7-2521, were not happy in those years in the Home of Students.¨ (21).