Motivation And Joy In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Anthem Essay Equalities motivation and joy both come from a lack of fulfillment with his society and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and innovation. Equality goes against the acceptable behavior in his society as he pursues his own joy, and a better evolved society, one that is not socially awkward, and against almost all progress. He fights for this utopia, driven to the point of being willing to create it himself if all else fails. Equality has a thirst for knowledge that stems from his love for learning, knowing, and inventing to better himself and those around him. From the start, Equality doesn’t truly understand what happiness is, thinking to himself “We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it. We would…show more content…
His drive is shown as he wishes to join the council of scholars with an inquisitive brain, wanting to “know about all the things which make the earth around us. We asked so many questions that the Teachers forbade it” (Rand 23). However, the society at hand calls for the smart to do menial labors of which is rather useless to his potential. Equality as a person gains motivation in pursuit of joy whether he realizes it or not, and he enjoys learning and understanding. Equality gets to a point in which he finds joy in discovery, and states (with pride) that “We, Equality 7-2521, have discovered a new power of nature. And we have discovered it alone, and we are alone to know it” (Rand 52). Equality finds this sudden advancement because of his own will in admitting a lack of knowledge, and it is in this lack of knowledge that he finds a need to learn, wanting to better his understanding of...everything. Returning to the idea of Equality’s joy being a massive source of his motivation, he finds joy in being around the golden one, and wishes to improve the quality of life for her, for the one he loves, as such, he is better motivated to make life more luxurious for her sake, to provide her with
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