Motivation In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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The proper definition of motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. In the novel Anthem, Ayn Rand presents the character of Equality as a solution to the evils of Collectivism. Rand uses this character and story as an outlet of her thoughts and solutions. Somewhat covertly, Equality’s motivation from an author’s standpoint is to inspire readers to have the will and drive to stand up to corrupted governments and societies. On the other hand, from a character standpoint, Equality’s motivation is to prove to himself that he can make a difference in his society. Equality’s motivation from an author’s standpoint is not candidly mentioned in the novel Anthem, but is covertly apparent if we read in between the lines. Equality’s…show more content…
One similarity is that both sides are trying to achieve the goal of making an imprint on others around them. Although, a difference is that the author’s side is a more realistic scenario and non-fictional while Equality’s side is more within the realm of Anthem and completely fictional. Additionally, another similarity is the fact that both sides can be applied to modern day society in the sense that everyone wants to make the world a better place and no matter where we come from, or what we do, we can change the world. We can make an imprint on society that inspires generations to come. Lastly, there is one more major difference between the two sides of Equality’s motivation. This major difference is that Equality’s motivation from a character standpoint is more self-centered than the author’s view on his motivation. I say this because Equality’s motivation from a character standpoint is mostly looking out for just equality. This is true because Equality is just looking for a better life for himself and that led to him discovering that he needed to start a new society. With Rand, her goal was always to help
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