For the first time Equality feels desire and knows pain. For Liberty is so beautiful and “glowing” that she cannot be ignored. It, however, is against the commandments of Equality’s brotherhood to peruse her, as it would unbalance the mutual emotion between all men by creating preference. In a wretched battle of nature vs nurture, Equality finds that despite these regulations, he cannot stop himself from yearning for Liberty, whom serves as “blade of iron” cutting through to the undeniable truth that Equality is a selfish being, generally motivated by his own personal
Ayn Rand believed that collectivism is a hardship. She believed every man should be an individualist and live for themselves and no one else. This vision was portrayed through her book Anthem that featured a young boy named Equality 7-2521. Equality lives in a society that suppresses individualism and raises the “brotherly contribution and need” above anything else. “The Anthem” , a song by the pop punk band Good Charlotte, is about a young man that wants to be nothing like the other people in his world.
His "twisted devotion to chaos " immediately brings the face of the "clown prince of crime" to mind (Source C). The worst part is that V has somehow convinced himself that if he achieves his goal, it doesn’t matter how many people he kills. By somehow befuddling himself into believing that his goal bears an utmost importance is foolish and draws concern onto V's mental well-being. Someone who is so psychologically impaired and confused cannot be considered a
True Purpose Ayn Rand’s novel, Anthem, is a glorified story about an individual trapped in a damned society. Prometheus is regulated by tacky and cruel laws and rules, but he is trying to find who he is and what his real reason in life is; not just what his city tells him to be. I believe these rules and laws exist because Ayn Rand wants to show the evils of collectivism. The Council controlling the city wants to create a world where everyone is treated exactly the same, in every way. The true purpose, I believe, is that The Council wants to show an expectation of a perfect person.
¨Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.¨ (Will Durant) In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the quality of society's morals depends upon the moral nature of its leader: Someone inclined to chaos and who rules with fear does not create a sustainable system. The boys are all stranded on the island with no adults, they try to make a sustainable and non fearless government system, the government system falls, and made Jack turn ‘evil’ and go his unsustainable government system way. When Jack starts to lose his innocence, he put some clay on his face to show that he was starting to turn to the chaos or the party side of things. “He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself, but at an awesome stranger.”
Nevertheless, her reaction is inhumane and insensitive as she suggests "that one was a doozy"(pg. 65) because the parents can not see what unfair and cruel world they livers they view it as fair. Equality blinds Hazel and George, failing to comprehend they are being deprived of their freedom and individuality. Harrison attempts to overthrow the rule of the government but he never has the chance at unseating the government because the laws are too powerful. "Harrison Bergeron" captures achieving equality, if we give up individuality and freedom, which are two things people fight to acquire.
In “Anthem”, by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 is completely unaware that the Council he trusts is actually plotting against him to maintain control of the society, but comes to realize the truth about his society as he questions its morals and eventually runs away to make his own path. This leads to his ultimate realization that his society is completely and totally evil. He weeps when he discovers the word “I”. He had been searching for a word that could suffice for that meaning, but never found it until he ran away from the society to discovery it. The society in Anthem was morally wrong for a handful of reasons.
Additionally, Odysseus never listens to his crew’s ideas, which makes him seem egotistical: “ God sake, captain!/ Why bait the beast again?/ Let him alone!” (408-410) This greatly illustrates how Odysseus shatters his crew’s ideas. It seems that every time his crew gives him an idea of what they could do, he shoots it down. If Odysseus keeps shutting out his crew’s ideas they will eventually boycott him and leave Odysseus. Furthermore, if Odysseus continues being self-centered, he will end up being alone on his journeys. Given these points, Odysseus is very much a hero, however, his has an idiosyncrasy of
When one is confined to society and held captive against their ego, it is imperative that they learn to eulogize their own individuality, and learn to improve themselves. In Ayn Rand’s novella, Anthem, Rand uses Equality 7-2521 to communicate the importance of the individual. Equality has always had his own sense of individuality that causes him to stand out and defy the social norms. His individuality allows him to persevere and diverge from collectivist society. While working for the Home of the Street Sweepers, Equality stumbles upon an underground tunnel.
Cornwell’s analysis on Dostoyevsky’s portrayal of the Underground man as a “superfluous man”, perfectly exemplifies how the author uses the character to express his beliefs and stance on the turmoil in Russia at the time this was written. As a “superfluous man”, the Underground Man seems to be alone and isolated because of his intelligence. Dostoyevsky, used the Underground Man’s isolation as an example of how Westernizers should be in society as they are not part of the people. The story almost serves as a warning to its readers against being a Westernizer. Surely, nobody wants to live alone and desperate for companionship and Dostoyevsky uses that to his advantage.
Later in the novella, Equality does not care what laws he breaks because he knows that he is different and he is starting to realize that being different is not something to shelter and be ashamed of. “We have stolen candles from the Home of the Street Sweepers, we have stolen flints and knives and paper, and we have brought them to this place” (Rand 35). This shows that for Equality to fulfill his curiosity, he will go against his society and do what he feels is right. “We lunged against the door and it gave way. We stole through the dark passages, and through dark streets, and down our tunnel” (67).