The reason why they can not make their own choices is the elders want everything to be the same so they started the time period of sameness. So people are not able to their spouse or their own kids. They are not able to choose their jobs either. The Elders choose for them. Next, There is no color in their community.
The story reads, “It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see” (Rand 17). Men in Equality’s society are not allowed to have their own thoughts, instead their thoughts must be the same as everyone else that is in their community. The rules set in place stop people from thinking for themselves and fighting back against the government. If people began to think and realize that all the strict commands they were forced to follow where unnecessary they would revolt. The rules limit Equality from discovering new inventions and growing to be himself.
In the novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand, conveys a deep understanding of collectivism. Collectivism is when you give a group priority over yourself as an individual. The main character, Equality 7-2521, does not have an identity and cannot express himself as an individual. In Equality’s world they can not be self-centered and always have to think about others. Anthem takes place in the future, and the citizens are unaware of the past.
Utopian Society A Utopian society would be possible, if humans were not an intelligent species. The way that a utopian society works is, there is a figure that no one knows about. Like big brother in 1984, that does not make itself known, but at the same time has to power to do whatever it wants. Another reason that a utopian society can function is because the citizens that live in it, are ignorant and do not want to put forth the effort to think about what is really going on. In 1984 everyone seems as if they have no idea of what is going on in the world.
The rules in Anthem include the word I being destroyed and erased from history being replace by us and we. Anyone who says I will be killed. The government was made with good intentions but eventually it was corrupted. The government originally wanted everyone to be completely equal means that they took the will of the people. Other rules include men not being allowed to be alone, two people not being allowed to be alone, Men and women not being able to speak with each other on a personal level, You can’t have any friends The word ego is the most important word, Writing stuff is not allowed unless the consul allows it and everything that is not listed is forbidden.
His lack of self confidence in creating his own identity holds him back. Given he had no social rule book to follow he allows societies general norms to guide him. “As a society, it seems sometimes that we have no desire to grow. Any hint at change is met with aggression.
“It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything-anything-but they can’t make you believe in it. They can’t get inside you.” (Orwell 166) The fact that he is saying that the party can make you say something but they can’t make you believe in it shows, that was a form in which he coped with things and it was a way for him to escape the world he was living in and imagine a whole new world like the “Golden State” he had dreamed about. “They can’t get inside you,” seems contradicting with his character because he believed in so many things like the thought police and death if you were caught having your own thoughts. Although they can’t physically get inside you they get inside you through the use of terror, and although these things terrified him there was no evidence that it was real, or that the thought police would be watching you through the television screens.
Personal Freedom vs Intellectual Holocaust In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s desire for personal freedom constantly conflicts with the ongoing intellectual holocaust. During this era, society discourages the opportunity to think independently because they live under the impression that “not everyone [is] born free and equal, as the constitution says, but made equal” (Bradbury 146) Many technological advancements evolve to occupy everyone and society enforces many rules to ensure that everyone lives equally. However, Montag meets Clarisse, who exposes him to her extroverted lifestyle and encouraged him to question his lifestyle. He soon realizes that he is not happy and the desire for a new life advances him to seek both personal and intellectual freedom. As a result of the desire for uniformity, society removes the majority of the freedom that characters can have.