The Importance Of Individuality In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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The author of the book Anthem, Ayn Rand, believes that one’s own individual choices and needs are more significant than everyone else’s. Her book Anthem shows this in countless ways. The main character Equality 7-2125, later known as Prometheus, learns to think individually and believes that individuality is more valuable than humanity as a whole. Since Rand wrote the main character to believe this, it makes since that she would believe this too. In the novels introduction, there is a quote from Rand. The quote states; “I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities”( pcfaust) this quote shows that Rand believes in people individually more…show more content…
This is a way that Rand is showing individuality because the first step to seeing people as one not as humanity is by falling in love with one person. In the novel Equality says “‘You are beautiful, Liberty 5-3000.’ Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes. Only their eyes grew wider, and there was triumph in their eyes, and it was not triumph over us, but over things we could not guess. ‘We shall look upon you, Liberty 5-3000, if we see you among all the women of the earth’”(Rand 42). This shows that Equality is thinking individually. He is doing this by seeing her as in individual and not as a part of humanity. Figuring that Rand wrote the novel, she probably thinks similarly to Equality. Since in novel, characters that are made to not know that individuality exists, that two characters feel a since of it, it would make since if Rand believed in individuality more than she believed in humanity as a whole. In the novel The Golden One says; “We are one…alone…and only…and we love you who are one…alone…and only”(Rand 87). This shows that The Golden One is learning individuality. Since authors often write about how they feel, Rand most likely feels that everyone is better
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