Analysis Of Anthem By Ayn Rand Essay

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The edits and revisions of Ayn Rand’s novella, Anthem, strengthen the message that collectivism is oppressive and objectivism is necessary for an individual to function. Rand’s edits of diction and sentence structure assist in developing the meaning of the novella. Ayn Rand, author of the novella Anthem, utilizes diction and sentence structure in order to develop the villainy of collectivism and the virtue of objectivism. Rand’s choice of diction in the edited novella complicates and confuses the meaning. In the original manuscript, Rand omits the word “reason,” on two separate occasions, the original statement was “I need no reason … I am the reason” (234). However, this word choice diminishes the power of the statement because it does not actively enforce Equality’s new sense of empowerment and stress the importance of objectivism. In another instance, Rand complicates the scenario by using an abundance of words as Equality describes his new-found sense of individuality, he states “I am done … assigned folly for my eyes are opened” (240). Rand’s choice of diction muddles the statement and complicates the meaning, through the use of a simpler word choice the message could be made clearer. The word choice does not establish that the totalitarian government was oppressive and that objectivism set Equality free. Moreover, Rand utilizes the word “our” twice in the same sentence to establish Equality’s new sense of freedom (253). However, this choice of diction complicates…

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