Theme Of Equality In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Edison invented the lightbulb in 1879, and today it powers more than 20 million appliances(LED). In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, the government enforces “fairness” forbidding any distinct skills keeping their citizens dull. Equality 7-2521 the main protagonist, wants to escape from this norm even if the government forbids it; leading to the discovery of remnants from the unmentionable times, and then fully betraying the government as a whole. Equality throughout the book starts to slowly develop an understand about individuality, during his work with the box, representing Rand's beliefs of individuality being ultimate power when compared to a group. Equality thinks the unmentionable times would help prove himself worthy even if it defies the great truth. “...we confess it here: we were guilty of the great transgression of preference”(Rand 22). Equality never understood why he is guilty but he…show more content…
“We seized our box,we shoved them aside, and we ran to the window.”(Rand 74). Due to the shock of his idea "having many problems” according to the government equality tries to run from the truth. “Many words have been granted me, and some are wise some are false, but only three are holy I will it.”(Rand 94-95). Equality thinks these words are important because there commonly seen as signs of independence. The final moments in the book show equality being selfish towards others. Using Anthem, Rand shows her beliefs about the group vs the individuals in the group. She provides us a reason to believe her claims through Equality managing to symbolize her points as the light bulb. Using his transition from being brainwashed by the government to becoming a full individual, after he runs away with his light, adds more of an impact to her beliefs towards selfishness. Anyone who reads a book by Rand should end up understanding the importance of the word
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