The Importance Of Society In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In “Anthem”, by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 is completely unaware that the Council he trusts is actually plotting against him to maintain control of the society, but comes to realize the truth about his society as he questions its morals and eventually runs away to make his own path. This leads to his ultimate realization that his society is completely and totally evil. He weeps when he discovers the word “I”. He had been searching for a word that could suffice for that meaning, but never found it until he ran away from the society to discovery it. The society in Anthem was morally wrong for a handful of reasons. First of all, the society was completely reliant on the people as a whole, like any other collectivist group. The problem with this…show more content…
They simply said that there is no individual. This was their escape from the moral judgement as to which this was right or wrong, and it allowed them to convince the whole society that there they do not matter individually. That was proven wrong when Equality rediscovered electricity by himself in a dark tunnel. That is why no individual ideas were allowed, because it would have exposed…show more content…
This is what made them fail. Equality was just overly persistent, and they had no means of force to stop him from rebelling since they relied on complete cooperation from the society. Equality believed in his individualism, and rebelled to make his own path. He dared to love his woman of choice and the career that he had a passion for. For these reasons, he was incompatible with the incorrect

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