Ayn Rand's Anthem Analysis

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The society described in Ayn Rand’s Anthem is a dystopia where the concept of the individual is forbidden. They are even unable to point out the word “I” which is punishable by death. People do not have names that prevents them from having an identity. This is shown with the main characters like Equality 7-2521. It is a society which controls every aspect of the individual life. The children are taken away from their parents pretty much since birth and raised in special homes , parents do not get to meet their kids or even have choice. Their lives are fully controlled by the government in which they do not know what individualism is , they have learned to live this way full of fear of standing up. There is no opposition…show more content…
This society has been taught they must live through the rules of the city , it is what they have to do and everything else is considered evil and what was right in their eyes are those rules. These men did not have a choice, they have lived with the idea that they must do what the council tell them to do because if not their evil , going against their brothers. We see it all throughout the book ,” We strive to be like all our brother men, for all men must be alike. Over the portals of the palace .. "We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever." (19). They must be like the rest because if not it was evil, everything that made them different was not right in their eyes. The main idea of why they exist is for their brothers not themselves. In this society there are very rare occasions in which…show more content…
This is the life they were given , its what they know. They fear of the consequences of what would happen if they go against what they were taught because they do not know what can happened if they disobey the rules it is all like the uncharted forest all a mystery . . There is a sign that a man does wrong they would be sent to be corrected in the House of Corrective Detention a place which many fear. Human characteristics like friendship, and love are outlawed by the council as they are considered evil . " We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State.Amen.” (21) Equality 7-2521 realizes the significance of his existence only when he comes to understand that he is the center of his own universe, and that one’s reasoning gives the world meaning to us. He shows us how after he broke from the society, does he feel his own strength and ability to do anything he sets to . This was without anyone being able to control him and tell him it was wrong. This society has drained of their energy and taken away all of their creativity which makes them making them all the same just a

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