Analysis Of Ayn Rand 's Anthem Essay

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Imagine a world where one cannot fail nor excel, create nor break boundaries, and love nor hate any one person more than another. Evil and good intentions are tightly woven in Ayn Rand 's Anthem, the story of Equality 7-2521, a man cursed to constantly question the world around him. His city is built on the foundation that all people "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State" (21). The novella is set in a totalitarian future, but lacks the futuristic ideas that similar stories are often overflowing with. Equalitiy 's experiences in a world that knows the candle to be the greatest invention suggests that for scientific and technological advancements to take place, there must be acceptance, defiance, and desire.
Technology and science must be accepted, even when feared or there will never be progress. An example of this is how Equality 's quick wit causes the teachers in the Home of Students to beat him and insist that it is "a great sin to be born with a head which is too quick"(21). Equality has the potential to invent incredible things in the Home of Scholars, but to crush any chance of this the Council of Vocations places him with others of potential and those like "Union 5-3992...with only half a brain" (21) in the Home of the Street Sweepers. His elders recognize that he is danger to their society where no one questions anything so they eliminate this prospect completely along with the potential of him improving science. He was an outlier…

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