Objectivism And Individualism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In the reading “Anthem” author Ayn Rand protests objectivism and individualism from a

world based off of collectivism. The story is based in the future, however the society in the

novella goes back to the old ways of living due to the Unmentionable times. The fictional yet a

psychological view of Communist Russia, which the author is from, tell a story about a character

Equality 7-2521 quest in finding his individuality in a world of Dystopia. During his quest the

main character finds love, the villain prevails, and helps the innocent youth.

Equality 7-2521 is the hero of the novel because of his differences in the society and his

quest in the novel. Growing up in Dystopia, in which qualities are universally valued - if one

haves different physical and/or mental
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The Golden One was the Temptress because she was the one the main

character’s love and he would do anything for her. She is what caused Equality 7-2521 to

discover a new place for them to live together because he wanted to have her.

Ultimately, the finale characters represented in the novella were the Society; this includes

International 4-8818 and Union 5-3992. The Society was the Innocent youth. They were naïve

and they became so mindlessly loyal to the world. For example, when Equality 7-2521 easily

escaped from the Palace of Corrective Detention, this evince that his peers were so obedient that

they will not even exert their individual wills against the Council by attempting to escape from

prison. This additionally shows the amount of power the Council had over the society.

Moreover, the novel “Anthem” portrays Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism through

the quest of a hero named Equality 7-2521. The hero’s quest was to find individualism in a world

of collectivism. He couldn’t have fully accomplished the quest without his villain- Councils and

his temptress- Golden
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