The Role Of Criticism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Freedom is something humans have always strived for. There were many times in history when freedom was achieved. The main cause of these achievements was criticism. It was only by people criticizing the way they lived and the way things were that led them to create ideas to solve existing problems and improve their lifestyle. Thus, criticism is the best path towards attaining freedom. Criticism is is an essential ingredient in the attainment of freedom because it challenges viewpoints. Not testing perspectives, permits mistakes to multiply. Criticisms helps judge the way things are done for the sake of changing them. For example, in the article Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?, it is stated that, “a high school class president was…making fun of his school’s football team.” By commenting on the football team’s performance, the said class president has potentially improved the football team’s behavior during the games. If the class president wouldn’t have publicized his…show more content…
In the dystopian novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, once the main character is able to question his society’s lifestyle, he is able to see their dystopian qualities, and manages to flee. In the end of the novella, when the main character states, “I am done with the monster of ‘We’, the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame. And now I see the face of god…,” he is showing that he is free from his old ways and his crippling society. It was him criticizing his society that led to his freedom. Another example is the American Revolution. When the British ruled over the American colonies, they imposed many taxes. Eventually the American grew tired of these taxes and started complaining and rebelling against them. By waging war against the British because their way of ruling rule was unfair, the Americans managed to break free from Britain and establish their own existing country and
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