Every step Equality takes, is one away from the public-spirited system; another towards personal identity. Each step is an internal struggle, due to the machine’s brainwash and eloquent reprogram of Equality’s instinctive mind. But nature tells Equality that his DNA is nothing save himself. Nature tells Equality that individuality is man’s birthright, man’s one true victory. It is a self motivated animal, that not even the propaganda of socialism can cage.
“We were born with a curse. It has always driven us to thoughts which are forbidden. It has always given us wishes which men may not wish. We know that we are evil, but there is no power or will in us to stop it” (18). Equality 7-2521 is born into a society in which individuality is a crime.
Aylmer did strive for perfection and thought science could overpower nature because his love for science was greater than the love he had towards his wife. Aylmer’s confidence towards science was so substantial it blocked his sight on realizing the flaws his wife had was actually made her perfect. Since, he was man of science and his experiments had never failed he thought he could do an experiment towards his wife’s birthmark. He thought he knew more about the world and could find a new way to overpower the “hand of Nature”,
The author wanted his readers to grasp the idea that shame and ridicule will force someone into loneliness and isolation. For example, when Lennie believed that George did not want the burden of always having him around, he thought about going off and living in a “cave”(12). The cave represents the simple and isolated lifestyle that Lennie dreamed about. Even when he and George were dreaming about their future together, Lennie always wanted a “little house” where just he and George could live alone and not having any contact with the outside world because they would “live fatta the lan”(14). This may have been a result of the people, in previous town that Lennie lived in, chasing him away because Lennie reacted to a problem in a way different
The stolen toucan is the narrator’s desperate plea to be seen and heard, his craving for attention. For him, it’s a normality to self-sabotage – automatic and natural. Without chaos, he has no means to act and react. Mason Joseph Andrews, the baby, is also significant, “but already I am more to him than is own father because I taught him what I know about the cold. It sinks in, there to stay, doesn’t it?”
Again, Englert distinguishes an informal education as being the primary catalyst to accomplish his goal of self- fulfillment rather than responsibility. Last, the monster fulfills Englert’s assertion of a “passionate intellectual curiosity” since the monster is completely unhindered by any formal education. When the monster finds some books, it opens a new world of thinking expressing his emotions when he says, “I can hardly describe to you the
(x) In order to feel guilt, one must be residing to a set morals and violate them. However, since “all values have to be gained and/ or kept by men’s actions” ,(Selfishness), Equality had been following not his individual moral code, as he had not developed his own morals, but the group morality of his society. Ultimately, Equality still believed in his society, as it was all he had ever known. “Tomorrow in the full light of day, we shall take our box and leave our tunnel open, and walk through the streets to the home of the scholars. We shall put before them the truth.
Macbeth let his ambition get to him, thinking about his pride and the role of the witches prophecies. His courage can never be controlled because he is not the type of person to never back out of a challenge even if it involves death. These virtues were the most important for him to have. There even though he had not used them wisely he still had them and used them to his own
Following misunderstood traditions allows people to perform harmful actions because it is what they have been taught to do. In the short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson reveals the tragic consequences of not being willing to stand up against traditions that serve no useful purpose in society. Through the use of symbolism, characterization and setting shows the way that even ordinary people pursue traditions that create tension and harmful outcomes to anyone involved. People will blindly follow tradition without questioning it or its outcome. A box that has been used since the lottery started is now on its last leg but when "Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, no one liked to even upset a tradition as was represented by the black
Unlike during the Unmentionable Times, when men created “towers [that] rose to the sky,” it is an affliction to be born with powerful intellectual capacity and ambition in Ayn Rand’s apocalyptic, nameless society in Anthem. Collectivism is ostensibly the moral guidepost for humanity, and any perceived threat to the inflexible, authoritarian regime is met with severe punishment. The attack on mankind’s free will and reason is most evident in the cold marble engraving in the Palace of the World Council: “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (6). Societal norms force homogeneity and sacrifice among all people.
His mentor turns to Adam. “If you do as I say, you’ll be fine.” In all of the entirety of Adam’s life did he not expect to be stood meekly on stage expected to act out scenarios on-spot. The unpredictability of the situation made Adam feel plenty like a marionette; putty in someone else’s hands with no control.
Quotes Explanation Equality is going against the government, first he broke the rule of fighting with his brothers then he did not tell about the tunnel then he fell in love. A science-fiction novel “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. Something about this is interesting, “We raised our head and stepped back. For we did not understand what had made us do this, and we were afraid to understand it”(Rand 57-58). Liberty did not want to go against the government and do a sin but she still fall in love Equality.
Anthem Essay Topic 1 Ayn Rand's Anthem depicts a collectivist society where each person is stripped of his/her individuality and forced to do only things that work to better society. The protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has just invented some sort of lighting creation similar to the common lightbulb. Equality knows that his new invention may have a huge, and positive, impact on mankind. However, his knowledge of the prosperity that his creation could have on society is not what causes him to experience feelings of satisfaction and pride while constructing it. Equality's main source of motivation for creating the lightbox is to feel like he has something all to himself that another person is yet to have, and to experience a sense of accomplishment.
“It was not that the learning was too hard for us. It was that the learning was too easy. This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick” (21). Equality 7-2521 is an exceptionally intelligent individual born into a society where intellect is considered evil. Though he originally believes that he was “born with a curse,” (18) he eventually comes to realize that his “curse” is intellect and individuality which he learns to love.
“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (Rand 19). How can an individual be a hero in a collectivist society? In The Anthem, a novella by Ayn Rand, the protagonist, Equality 7-2521 is portrayed as an archetypal epic hero. Equality 7-2521 exhibits the characteristics of an epic hero because he is capable of great deeds, he has a nemesis, and he experiences an event that leads to a quest.