Resilience In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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“If there is a way to do it better…Find it” (Thomas A. Edison). Certain humans in the world are born with the trait of resilience, a trait seen in Anthem’s main Equality 7-2521 and Thomas Edison, the talent to leap back after an obstacle falls in the way. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times trying to create the modern day light bulb. During his creation people scrutinized him, and when he failed told him that he was uneducated. “This was the only thing which moved, for the lips of the oldest did not move as they said: “Street Sweeper.”(1.29). In the novella Anthem the main character receives his job or calling that he will do for the rest of his life (till he’s old). He receives the job of street sweeper because of a punishment for stealing…show more content…
He becomes so curious to what the tunnel is, and what is inside the tunnel that he decides to follow his thoughts into the tunnel. When the main character found the tunnel he was with other men. The other men wanted to turn their findings into the City Council, but Equality did not. He says “‘we shall not report our findings into the City Council. ’” (2.10). this show Equality’s rebellious acts, and it is also shows his motivation of individuality. The society of Anthem has shaped and “tried” to conform the human mind, to think that everything that is taught is right. The brain is so powerful that Equality 7-2521 cannot help let his thoughts although simple considered generous, get a hold of him. “Two common types of rebellion are against socially fitting in (rebellion of non-conformity)…” (Phycology Today). This research says that there are two types of rebellion in the brain of a human. Rebellion against authority and rebellion against conformity. These ideas form in the brain of an adolescent human. Connecting back to the main character, Equality has these ideas forming through his head and he could not help it. His extinct reasoning kicked in and he, instead of hiding his feelings, shared them aloud to the world. This is why the human mind had an impact on Equality 7-2521’s
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