They say it is a crime to be unhappy but the people of Anthem do not truly know happiness. All there is in Anthem is fear, rules, and discipline. No one has ever shown them what it is to feel joy or love. They live in an unrealistic society with no emotions. 2.
Another weird thing about Anthem’s society is that it is totally equal…But how? The process behind total equality in Anthem’s society requires the lack of education, the enforcement of laws, and the lack of individualism. In this paragraph, the lack of education will be the topic. The lack of education in Anthem’s society is a big step in total equality. Anthem’s schools were not the best.
In the novella, Anthem written by Ayn Rand, the protagonist Equality 7-2521 emphasizes the importance of the many dystopian themes within the story. After the destruction of the Unmentionable Time, all knowledge was lost and a new society has sprung where individualism is banned. In their society, the government is in control of the population and people are conformed to uniform expectation. Since many of characteristics of individualism was stripped away from people, it is described that they live in a dehumanized state, where names are unspecified and decisions are made by the councils. In doing so, many of what was lost remained in the Uncharted Forest where all of mankind dare not to talk about it since they developed a fear the outside world.
She then moved to liberal America. In Anthem this is shown as Equality was born in a more of communist society where everyone works as a whole for the government. He then moves to the forest and makes his “new world” that would represent the U.S. Equality was able to get out of the machine like world where everyone is treated as a prisoner. In Anthem the workers are condemned to follow a tight schedule “when the bell rings we rise from our beds…half-hour while we dress and eat breakfast…then we go to work…in five hours we return to eat our midday meal…five more hours we return for our dinner…then we walk in a straight line for the social meeting”.
In Anthem, Equality says, “For men are forbidden to take notice of women, and women are forbidden to take notice of men. But we think of one among women…”(Rand 38). Equality is thinking about someone of the opposite gender, which is prohibited by law in his society. This community controls everyone but Equality is straying from the rules they have enforced. In Harrison’s community, the government keeps handicaps on people who are more advanced.
Alexia Redondo p3“Control: To direct the behavior of; to have power over; to direct the actions or function of;” (merriam-webster). The overview of the society in the novel Anthem is, the people of the society believe in equality, the opposite of individuality, and a Dystopian society which is the “perfect” society, but one citizen named equality 7-2521 does not believe in a “perfect” society. The process behind creating a collective society in Anthem requires control over education, family, and knowledge. Education is a huge roll in every person's everyday life, but in the novel Anthem the society doesn't not agree. In the novel Anthem there are a plethora amount of occupations the society controls over a individual, such as education.
How the community and the surrounding conditions affects the identity. In Anthem, Equality is smarter than his brothers and “[i]t is not good to be different from our brothers, ... it is evil to be superior to them” (Rand 21). Equality recognizes that he is visibly and intellectually different from other people from the society; thus, he was considered an outlier, leaving him in solitude from beginning. Similarly, in the article “Don’t” the study claimed that “[w]hen you grow up poor, you might not practice delay as much” (Lehrer ). The environment a person was grown is could affect the way he practices delay.
Equality or Not…. What would our society be like if we had rules that forced everyone to be equal? Ayn Rand illustrates this in Anthem. The society is overrun by rules that control the citizens lives. The rules are supposed to be there to make everyone equal, but in reality they are making everything exponentially unequal.