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Free Will In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In our society, people are motivated in lots of different ways. This can create both positives, such as putting a man on the moon, and negatives, such as war and starving people. Anthem is a story about a man who is going against his collectivist society in his search for individuality. Equality’s main motivation is to discover new things and new ideas in the world around him, as well as to try to figure out who he is as an individual. His motivation is correct because he enables the thought of free will, and the world could become a better place if everyone was motivated like Equality. Equality’s main motivation is to discover new things and new ideas in the world around him. Early on in the novella, Equality finds a tunnel from the Unmentionable…show more content…
One of Equality’s main goals in the beginning of the novella was to become a scholar when he turned 15 years of age. Even though Equality received the mandate to be a street sweeper, he did the same work, if not more superior work, as the Scholars in his secret tunnel. When Equality was exiled from his city and found the house in the Uncharted Forest from the Unmentionable Times, he wanted to study it and all of the house's contents. Equality wanted to read all of the books that he found in the house so that he could learn the words that were lost in the Unmentionable Times. When Equality told Liberty about his findings and his discovery of the word “I”, Liberty’s first words that she spoke to Equality were, “‘I love you”’ (98). This means it is possible for Equality to teach other people about being an individual and to slowly alleviate his collectivist…show more content…
For example, problems such as global warming and the terrorist group ISIS could be diminished if everyone in the world would be aiming to resolve our issues instead of creating new ones. We would be productive because we would be pursuing our questions fully instead of trying to only answer part of them. In Anthem, Equality had several questions when the leg of a dead frog jerked as he was cutting it open. He then spent many years trying to figure out what unknown force had caused this. “We followed it in preference to all our studies. We worked with it, we tested it in more ways than we can describe, and each step was as another miracle unveiling before us. We come to know that we had found the greatest power on earth” (53). This shows that Equality answered his questions about the unknown force to the best of his abilities. With everyone having the same mindset, different groups of people and different nations could come together because there would be no disagreement between them. In conclusion, Equality’s main motivation is to discover new things and new ideas in the world around him, as well as to try to figure out who he is as an individual. His motivation is correct because he enables the thought of free will, and the world could become a better place if everyone was motivated like Equality. Equality wanted to change the world and make it a better place by teaching others about Egoism. He
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