Flawless Society In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In the book Anthem, by Ayn Rand, it tells about a flawless society where everything is gathered and distributed. Eventually the main character escapes the society and lives on his own with everything he can do himself. Ayn Rand went too far when she made the character completely autonomous. Three reasons that support this claim is how they couldn’t make decisions on their own, the way their life was mapped, and how people interact with each other. In Anthem the society did not have any opinion on anything or how their life would go. In the book the author explains how they couldn’t decide for themselves, “This is the only thing that moved, for the lips of the oldest did not move as they said: Street Sweeper.”(26) as portrayed in the book, the people did not decide where they wanted to be sent to work for the rest of their lives. The man in the book was the smartest person in his school and he still got street sweeper, while it took 50 years for the scholars to fully discover a candle. The people couldn’t even choose when they went to bed, “In the home of the students we arose when the big bell rang in the tower and we went to our beds when it rang again.”(21) these reasons give a colossal…show more content…
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