In Anthem, Ayn Rand depicts a government that has structured control over its citizens and everyone is equal. Comparably, fascism is a governmental system, led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism. Communism is a system in which all property is owned by the government and there is a collective, classless society. The society presented in this novella is similar to communism, as the government establishes a classless routined society and relates to fascism, as the government has complete control and restricts individualism. The government which impacts Equality’s society, is similar to a fascist authority, as it prohibits individualism and the regime has complete control …show more content…
Everyone has a place or part in the government and operate together, as a whole, “We are nothing. Mankind is all” (Rand 21). Likewise, in a society with a fascist government, individuality is prohibited, contrary ideas are censored and nationalism is emphasized. Benito Mussolini was the leader in Italy during its reign under fascism. Soon after declaring himself dictator, a strict press censorship was instituted. Freedoms of speech, press, assembly were all seized from the people. Workers were stripped of the ability to strike, and it was considered the duty of any good Italian to be physically fit and have a large family that could be of service to the Italian state. Within Equality’s society, everyone is taught that they mean nothing and are essentially worthless, if they can not contribute anything to benefit the whole population. With no individualism, comes no recognition, which ultimately leads to no progress. A society such as this is oppressive to its people, as they are not free …show more content…
It is Communist in the sense that jobs are government assigned, the government provides everything a person needs, and everyone is considered equal. What people read, write, learn, say, and aspects such as breeding, punishment, are controlled by the government. The school system indoctrinates the state's children with the philosophy that instead of living to satisfy their own desires, they must live exclusively for their brothers, paralleling the “We strive to be like all our brother men, for all men must be alike” (19). The society has regressed to the technology of the pre-Enlightenment era and men such as Equality who could benefit their society are encouraged to waste their talents. The word ‘I’, has been abolished in order to prevent people from thinking of themselves as individuals with identities distinct from that of the collective. All men are brothers without any distinctions or divisions, all decisions are made for the common man by Scholars and Councils, including each person's profession thinking, dreaming, and creating are strictly forbidden and punishable crimes if they are discovered. Being alone is the greatest sin as that wrongly distinguishes one man from his brothers, work is the greatest good, independent thinking is not allowed, “Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape.
Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a young boy named Equality 7-2521, age 21. Who had recreated electricity, and wanted to show the council to get himself into the home of the scholars. He terrified them all and ran off into the uncharted forest. Where he sees a house full of books. It all finally leads him to believe that you are not free, if you’re not free of your brothers.
Many would rather sit back and go with the government’s rules, than go against the government. Going against the government takes lots of time and dedication and also can be misfortunate to the one who goes against the government. Going against the government can result in torture or even death for those revolting. People who tend to go against the government go against it because of their beliefs. Most who rebel believe that what the government is doing is wrong.
“A lie told often enough becomes truth” -Vladimir Lenin. Lies are the pillars of the society in Ayn Rand’s Anthem and Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. These lies are produced by the government and distributed to the citizens of these dystopian nations in the name of equality. The governments in both writings are looking to achieve equality, however the methods by which this is done differs greatly.
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.
A man by the name Yegor Letov once said “I am a communist. Communism is when a person overcomes his personal self and turns into more than just 'me'.” (Yegor Letov Quotes). Mr. Letov believed in a society based on communism, which would create similarity between each member of this society. Any choices made would no longer be about ‘yourself’ as he said, but instead would be replaced with the concept to always think as ‘we’.
“An irrational society is a society of moral cowards—of men paralyzed by the loss of moral standards, principles, and goals. But since men have to act, so long as they live, such as a society is read to be taken over by anyone willing to set its direction. The initiative can come from only two types of men: either from the man who is willing to assume the responsibility of asserting rational values--- or from the thug who is not troubled by questions of responsibility.” Ayn Rand explains that in order to survive in an irrational society, you have to overcome the fear of moral judgement, and let that be your responsibility. In “Anthem”, Equality 7-2521 understand the evils of an irrational society—which is fear of moral judgement.
How could losing individuality affect a society? The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a guy named Equality 7-2521 who is trying to find himself in a society where everything is controlled and different. Later, he finds himself even though he will have to go through many obstacles to get there. The process behind losing individuality in an Anthem’s society are in forcing strict laws, brain washing of their citizens, and removing of family. The Anthem society in forcing of strict laws made it easy for everyone to lose their individuality.
In the book Anthem, Ayn Rand uses diction, imagery, and syntax to create a confident tone in Equality 7-2521 to show how he is changing for the better. Equality learns that individuality is ok and states “ I am done with this creed of corruption,” to emphasize that he’s “done” with how the governing body brainwashed him and that he now has his own views on society (55). Equality thought all the things the governing body wanted him to think, but as he broke off he realized that none of it was true. He did not want to live by the standards of the governing body so he broke through the standards and started to individually listen to himself. Equality grew up with the impression of everyone should have the same thought but, the individuality
Collectivism and Selfishness in Anthem Imagine living in a world where everybody's lives are completely mapped out by the government. Where every decision is made without the input of the citizens it affects. In the novella Anthem, Ayn Rand depicts a completely collectivist society, where every idea, action, and invention is purely for the benefit of society as a whole. Everything is done with the entire population in mind, and individuality is extremely frowned upon.
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.
In the book Anthem their society is way different from ours. They are not allowed to be individual or say the word “I”. They can’t have names, instead they are in groups and have group names. They all have a part in society like their jobs and things they do. For example the equality group belong to the street sweepers.
The United States of America is one of the most prideful countries in the world. We dedicate July 4th to our independance, proudly wear red, white, and blue, and we join together in many rhymes of patriotism. The Pledge of Allegiance is one of the many ways we show our pride towards our country. In the novel Anthem, by Ayn Rand, a scripture reminiscent of the pledge is repeated by the narrator in times of temptation. The scripture, however, sends a very different message.
The critical flaw in the collective state that Equality capitalizes on to escape lies within its very foundation. Anthem best exemplifies this flaw through Equality’s escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention, as he describes “It was easy to escape the Palace of Corrective Detention. The locks are old on the doors and there are no guards about. There is no reason to have guards, for men have never defied the Councils so far as to escape from whatever place they were ordered to be” (66-67). The Council believes the fallacies it espouses, making it easy for Equality to escape.
Equality comes when each person has the same opportunities and rights as every other in their country, state, et cetera. Some authors in their writing like to challenge the idea of equality and the boundaries of how far some governments, fictional or not, are willing to go for their own idea of equality. The societies in Anthem and “Harrison Bergeron” can be compared in their “successes” by making everyone think they are equal, and their failures in which they are not able to keep everyone contained. The novella Anthem provides a better criticism of government because it goes into more depth about how the citizens are not held back physically by the state, but mostly by their own upbringing and beliefs. These societies, which do differentiate in many ways, successes’ compare in that they are both able to complete the task of making everyone think they are equal.
It uses manipulated history, national and racist myths to provide a basis for their state. Fascism turns nationalism and ultra nationalism into a secular religion to provide legitimacy to their new modern nation-state. There is an emphasis on the national community over the individual, and the past and myths are brought up as political liturgy to give legitimacy and support to the new struggles, and are used to project the future. The fascists way to progress and the way to avoid the problems of the liberal capitalist society, (mainly the relationship of the masses with the state, the idea of individualism, and the tensions between the individual and society) lay in the Third Way, at the core of which is the myth of the regenerated national community, which implies that each fascism will inevitably be nation specific, and thus can accommodate several differing reactions to modernization.