In Anthem, citizens are constantly presented the idea that preaches collectivism and extreme loyalty to the state. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has grown up in this restrictive civilization and believed all he was told. Equality is exceptional in many aspects that are prohibited, and he has a tendency to disobey the society’s laws. Equality slowly embraces freedom as he discovers his own ego. The author demonstrates humanity’s need for ego through Equality’s futile attempts to be alone, to separate himself from his peers, to escape his restrictive society, and his desperate endeavor to discover a word for his ego.
Ayn Rand, in her critically acclaimed novel Anthem, creates the image of a society driven by a perverse need for the common good. She uses this society, and her character, Equality 7-2521, to illustrate her point that selfishness is not always an inferior value to altruism, and can even be used for good. Pope Francis, on the other hand, shares a different point of view in his speech to a joint session of Congress; he believes that all people have a common responsibility to their country or continent of origin, a responsibility to the ideals of community and working for the common good. I personally fall in the gray area between the two most extreme versions of their beliefs, because I believe that, above all others, one has a responsibility to themselves; however, I also believe
As kids people get taught what is wrong and right from a parental figure or experiences of life teach us how to react to different situations. When we finally turn adults no one is there to remind us of what’s good and what's bad so we have to use our past experiences and our knowledge to help guide us. Each adult shapes their societies for their generation and many more generations to come. Mohandas k. Gandhi and Susan B Anthony’s speech along with the article Selma to Montgomery March on history show that civil disobedience is a moral responsibility.
Throughout the story, Matt is confronted by the unjust rulers in the societies he encounters. In her novel, The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer shows that high class people create systems to prevent others from taking power through MacGregor, the Keepers, and El Patrón. To begin, Farmer shows that high class people create systems to prevent others from taking power through MacGregor. MacGregor, another drug lord, was El Patrón’s friend.
“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It 's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.” -- Banksy, Wall and Piece. A society cannot function without a system of rules to create order and morality. However, the creators of the nameless, collectivist community in Anthem took this concept too far with the complete removal of individualism—the root of ego.
The city’s strict schedules prevent the people their freedom to be in charge of themselves. The Saint of the Pyre had “a thin thread of blood running from the corner of their mouth” when being punished to death for speaking the Unspeakable Word (Rand). In the city a word spoken gave a man his death showing that the collective government controls the people’s choice of words and prevents the people of the city to speak freely. Ayn Rand’s use of imagery portrays the fact that individualism is a right that all humans should have.
The collectivist government, which was fabricated after the collapse of the “Unmentionable Times,” has taken various precautions to secure equality (Anthem 19). Labels are branded on the citizens through “iron bracelets,” transforming them into mere machines who are enslaved to serve their purpose in benefitting the wholesomeness of the brotherhood (Anthem 18). Generations are churned out via the “City Palace of Mating” and thrown into sets of
“Individualism is the idea that the fundamental unit of the human species that thinks, lives, and acts toward goals is the individual. This means that the adult individual can form his own independent judgments, act on his own thoughts, and disagree with others” (Y). In this abstraction design, Rand has become a true creator. Throughout her life Rand has seen communism destroy her family’s life. It only made sense for her to create her own fabrication based on trauma (X).
While reading this book I got the sense that the citizens of Brave New World were enslaved. In chapter 15 John begins to pick up onto this. That explains as to why he throws things out of the window in the name of freedom. In the end soma symbolizes the face happiness that the citizens are trapped in.
How can a collectivist society be created when each individual is different? In Anthem, Equality is the protagonist that lives in a collectivist society, in a collectivist society every individual is equal and must think and act collectively. In the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand the process for establishing a collective society requires the removal of love, education, and individualism. In order to remove love and relationships what leads to these relationships must also be taken such as friends and family.
30 October 2015 Anthem Society V.S. United States Society Imagine living in a society where people had to live on a routine and do everything exactly the same each and every day, having no rights, not being able to bond with each other, just one big schedule. In Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, is a story about a young boy named Equality 72521 who is different than the others in his society. He has a gift and isn’t able to share it with others because he can get in trouble; it is a crime to think of yourself as different also known as a transgression. There are several ways to explain how the United States society is different than the society in Anthem ; modernday U.S. society is much more progressive than Anthems society because of ,marriage,individuality,
To prevent unwanted babiesall adults take pills for Stirrings. This way they control both emotions and the population. Another difference is that people do not choose their own jobs. At the age of twelve, children are assigned an occupation during a special ceremony called the Ceremony of Twelve.
One Summer Plus made impacts on the teenagers who were present for the study. Even if it does not show up in the statistics, these kids were taught responsibility and how to resolve conflict. They will be able to use that for the rest of their life. I believe that it was more than just the summer jobs, but the people who put the program together should be credited for the success that comes from One Summer Plus.
“It was not that the learning was too hard for us. It was that the learning was too easy. This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick” (21). Equality 7-2521 is an exceptionally intelligent individual born into a society where intellect is considered evil. Though he originally believes that he was “born with a curse,” (18) he eventually comes to realize that his “curse” is intellect and individuality which he learns to love.
In Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem, she writes about mind, body, and self in a collectivist point of view. In this text, Equality 7-2521 lives through his society. He is scolded for being smart and standing out from his brothers. He grows up and defies the laws and then runs away with his sweetheart they then become immune to their previous world in the forest. In a collectivist society there is p self, no opinions.