The author of the book Anthem, Ayn Rand, believes that one’s own individual choices and needs are more significant than everyone else’s. Her book Anthem shows this in countless ways. The main character Equality 7-2125, later known as Prometheus, learns to think individually and believes that individuality is more valuable than humanity as a whole. Since Rand wrote the main character to believe this, it makes since that she would believe this too.
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.
In Ayn Rand’s novella, Anthem, mankind is a philanthropic machine. The brotherhood nobly works together to achieve a common goal. In doing so, each man is asked to disregard his own personal means and goals. For every decision must be a collective thought and every advancement, a joint action. However, one man in this machine malfunctions.
Ayn Rand’s Anthem starts by Equality 7-2521 saying “It is a sin to write this.” Throughout the story, Equality’s views and mindset changes, he realizes that he is different from his brothers and its ok to be different. He discovers that if something is legal it is not certainly right. His eager for knowledge taught him the word “I” abandoning the word “We”.
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.
Ayn Rand was born in Russia but fled due to the oppressive nature of the government. She later immigrated to America where she enjoyed the freedoms offered but was strongly concerned about the socialist nature that the government was leaning towards. In order to illustrate her ideas, she wrote the novel Anthem. Due to these influences on Ayn Rand, Anthem mirrors the society of Russia, demonstrates the desired freedom of America, and illustrates Rand’s objectivist theory. Works Cited “Ayn Rand as Creative Writer.”
Anthem is a fantastic book which is my opinion from what I have read so far. I think chapter 2 was probably my favorite chapter, and if it wasn’t, chapter 3 would definitely be next. Though the first chapter was great, chapter 2 got me hooked. It talks about Liberty 5-3000, she is the love interest. I think all stories need a love interest.
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.
Anthem is a story written by Ayn Rand as a propaganda piece portraying the evils of communism. The book takes place in the future in a undisclosed city surrounded by forest. In this city a collectivist society dwells. The conflict of Anthem is character vs. society where one man by the name of Equality decides to go against his broken government. Equality took a stand against his broken society, he has defied the council of scholars and his government, had a relation with a women, and escaped the city to The Uncharted Forest.
Naomi In today’s generation, we have learned about collectivism in history classes. In the Holocaust the majority of the people didn’t have a say about anything. In today's generation, we have individualism in our society today. Everyone has the right to make their own choices, such as, if one wants an education or not.
"We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever’”(Rand 19). In Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Anthem, the citizens are trained from birth to think only in the plural, to the point where they cannot even conceive of individuals, but only see each other as part of the whole group. Rand’s protagonist, Equality 72521, begins the novel as a street-sweeper who is devoted to the group, but begins to move towards individuality as he progresses towards pure selfishness, as Rand believes we all should. Rand uses the words “we” and “I” to represent Equality’s journey from being dependent on the group, to being utterly independent of everyone.
Theme is imperative to any story for the reason that it is associated with truthful, reality centered aspects, depicted as the author perceives them. Theme conveys the moral message that the story is trying to facilitate. An important, recurrent theme embodied in many fictional stories is the codependent themes of race, gender, and class. Race, gender, and class are seen through many short stories we’ve read thus far, but specifically they are portrayed best in Kate Chopin’s Désirée’s Baby, William Faulkner’s That Evening Sun, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums, and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.
When incorporating theme in a piece of literature, it gives the piece an overall message for the viewers to take away. An example of a theme that is commonly found in literature and even the world is racism. Racism has been an issue for centuries and will continue to be an issue due to the ignorant people of the world. Two pieces that show the theme of racism and how racism is still a problem occurring today is Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress and “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty.