Success In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Success, defined as attaining personal goals and having in-depth relations with loved ones, is, in reality, a very complicated term. The idea of success holds different meanings for anyone who ponders it, involving money, power, glory, happiness, security, comfort, love, and many other elements. The attainment of goals seems to be at the heart of every definition. Even so, success cannot be tethered down to any one form. Success in its purest form cannot be forced to attain real prosperity, it holds deeper layers than are commonly visible from the surface, and even the best of successes have perils and negative effects. In all of its definitions and whims, success can never be forced, or the value of the achievement is lost. When forced, success can actually go in the reverse direction of the original intent, and human error proves itself a huge flaw in forced success. In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, the society is overall collectivist, made to extinguish any and all individualism by banning the word “I”. Instead, only “we” may be used to discuss self. Those in the society’s leadership positions believe they have succeeded. Equality 7-2521, the main character of Anthem, writes, “It is a sin to think words no others think and put them down on a paper no others see. It is base and evil,” (Rand 17). He respects and follows the rules like the rest of society. That is, until he no longer complies. Toward the end of the novella, the same character breaks free from his former
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