Similarities Between Individualism And Collectivism In Anthem, By Ayn Rand

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“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One indivisible and forever” (Rand 19). In Anthem, a science fiction novel, by Ayn Rand, the society believes in this philosophy. They believe one’s personality is not their own but a group’s identity, collectivism. In Anthem, Equality 7-2521 lives in a society that is restricted with rules that limits them from finding themselves. He is on a journey breaking laws and exploring the world to find his individuality. Equality 7-2521 realizes the contrast between individualism and collectivism within himself. Just like Equality 7-2521, Howard Roark in "The Soul of an Individualist", an excerpt from fountainhead a philosophical fiction by Ayn Rand, an architect, struggles …show more content…

He thinks about the life that he wants for himself and finally breaks from collectivism. He runs away towards the abandoned Uncharted Forest. When Equality gets there he already loves the atmosphere; he loves the feeling of being able to be free and to only care about himself. Equality mentions, “For, upon the blue of the sky below us, we saw our own face for the first time” (Rand 80). He is finally able to see himself for who he is. This river is representing his growth from a follower into a leader. He has now found himself as an individual who fights for what he believes, this is what the river symbolizes. Not only did he finally see his own reflection, but found the definition of I. Equality 7-2521 states, “It was when I read the first of the books I found in my house that I saw the word "I." And when I understood this word, the book fell from my hands, and I wept”(Rand 98). He has now found the impact of I. During his journey, Equality has always referred to himself as we, announcing I out of his own mouth is another sign of growth. Roark claimed, “ I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone’s right to one minute of my life” (Ayn Rand, "The Soul of an Individualist"). Just like Roark at this moment Equality only cares about himself and those he love. In comparison Ayn Rand has these two characters growing into an individual. She shows the importance of being your own person. In the end, Equality 7-2521 finds himself as an individual, conquering himself from breaking free from

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