Justice System In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Anthem portrays a world where doctrines of collectivization is implanted in everyday society and ideas of individualism has completely subsided into mere “sins.” If one spoke the word “ego” which is considered to be a major transgression and exemplary punishment is carried out. People in Anthem live in a constant state of fear and ignorance as Councils control every single aspect of civilization life. The Council regulates rules and laws that binds its people into their daily unvaried activities. By keeping technology advancement as primitive as possible with minor breakthroughs throughout time, The Council keeps the popular ignorant and easily manipulated. In the society of of Anthem, we quickly learn that curiously is a considered a sin. Thirst for knowledge and technology is forbidden as only the Home of the Scholars can seek knowledge. Equality’s birth is a sin. His intelligence and large size makes him superior to his brothers and sisters. Being superior to others is a sin. “This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick. It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them” (21). Equality’s initial assessment of his “sin” greatly contradicts his later assessment. Equality deliberately tried…show more content…
By doing so he commits a great crime, the council strictly forbids any scientific research outside of the Home of the Scholars. This discovery gave Equality a new sense of power. He begins to feel that the results of his “sins” will greatly outweigh his transgressions. Thus making Equality wanting to present his light box to the Home of the Scholars. “For our gift is greater than our transgressions. They will explain to the Council of Vocations, and we shall be assigned to the Home of the Scholars. This has never been done before, but either has a gift such as ours been offered to men”

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