It is a struggle for people not to be able to think freely. However, the Council in Anthem has forbidden individual thoughts. They worked to create a society where everyone is supposedly defined as equal. These rules cause Equality to believe he is evil for not being able to prevent his individual thoughts. Equality thinks he is a sinner for thinking outside of his
As a whistleblower, he took it upon himself to write what was the truth, not just how it was meant to be perceived. The meaning in this is that what the people of the colonies were supposed to accept was that while many royal governors and judges were corrupt, the people of the land were not supposed to comment on that. They were supposed to simply accept this, regardless of whether it did them harm or not. John P. Zenger would have none of that. He saw these unethical men for what they were, and acted to expose them.
Polemarchus responds by saying, “that the men one believe to be good, one loves, while those he considers bad one hates.” This is the problem with Polemarchus’ view of justice. He could easily be wrong about who is “good” and who is “bad” and you will end up treating someone who has done nothing wrong unjustly. Dividing a country into classes where each person must be loyal to ones own class would never lead to true justice because the different classes would only be loyal to their particular class. The ruling class would benefit more from this because they are in fact the higher
Howard Roark is the ultimate embodiment of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism. Objectivism advocates for the rejection of altruism and the pursuit of self-happiness, which is precisely how Roark lives his life. According to Rand, Roark “struggles for the integrity of his creative work against every form of social opposition.” Roark is Rand’s depiction of the ideal human being due to his indefectible pursuance of rational self-interest. Rand regards as ideal for a human being because he is the epitome of a freethinker.
The great Aristotle declared, “We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” Virtue should be defined as perfect or righteous. However, it can be argued that because Ransom is a man, and man is sinful, he could not choose to be virtuous. Because this is the case, and man is inherently sinful as Jesus said in Matthew, “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mark 10:18), we will adapt Merriam Webster’s definition of virtue, “Conformity to a standard of right, morality. A particular moral excellence” (merriam-webster.com).
“How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers?” (Chapter 7, paragraph 14) said the members of the council. They did not want to believe what was in front of them because it was created on his own. As they continue to go on about their disappointment they bashed him with words, “to hold yourself as one alone and with the thoughts of the one and not of the many?”. (chapter 7, paragraph 15)
Have you ever heard common phrases such as “every man for himself”? Phrases like this are common sayings that have been knitted into our vocabulary which demonstrate our egotistic nature. From a young age, we’ve been told that we must take care of ourselves first, because no one else will. On the contrary, the book, Anthem, presents a society that is shockingly different. From not being able to use the pronoun, “I” to the idea of living only to serve to serve fellow men, the altruistic, “we” society presented in Anthem is the exact opposite of America’s egotistic, “me” society, due to the fact that we are a capitalist society and because of our society’s competitive nature.
He is also honorable because he will not have his name written on the church door. If his name it posted it will only give the people of Salem a bad example. Lastly, with refusing to write his name, Proctor is standing up for the people who were wrongly
Equality would not have been able to be with the golden one or care for his child and teach him the importance of his individualism. If the people today are motivated by curiosity and the wanting a loving place then our world would be very evil. People would not care about others or one to put in work that I was needed to be done like they do now. By this Equality has every right to have great amount of passion for his people and be curious of what is out
Thoreau wrote Civil Disobedience after being jailed for one night due to not paying a poll tax. This inspired him to write about all of the pitfalls of government and how man must be freed. Thoreau strongly believes that the government possesses too much power and “can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong” (Thoreau1 392). As is stated, Thoreau believed the government decided right and wrong when the people already possess the knowledge from the divine to know what they ought to do. The government is removing the link between man and the divine.
Selfish or Self-Love In our generation, we have a perspective of egoism as an individual being egotistical. When Ayn Rand wrote her novel The Anthem we noticed that she had a dissimilar outlook on egoism and collectivism. To have love for one’s self is not wrong nor should it be taken into context where it is considered selfish. Love does not have to be selfish.
with Equality’s reputation. The author tries to grasp the reader’s attention using this technique, to help the reader to finish the book until the end. Above all, in Anthem there is many different thoughts that can determine your reputation, and with those thoughts come actions. Equality chooses to make the wrong actions determined by his thoughts and it causes him to think the society’s rules are not how Equality thinks that they should be.