Breaking Rules In Ayn Rand's Anthem

Improved Essays
In the book “Anthem” Equality 7-2521 has discovered a new concept. This concept has led him to breaking the rules. Equality 7-2521 has also found a women who he loves and that too is breaking the law. Then he came up with his own invention also, no man has even helped him. None of his brothers had seen it, helped him, or even agreed to discover it with him. He just discovered it on his own. When he did all these things it led to breaking the laws. What were these rules? In “Anthem” the government controls everyone because of these rules, the purpose of having these rules, and that then Equality finds a way out of these rules so then will he use these in his envision to a new world. This world that these people live in is a time where all …show more content…
Some other rules were that the government chose the jobs for the men. Also, when the men came of age 20 and women became of age 18 they would be sent to the Palace of Mating. Then the World council would choose their wife or husband and after they had kids the World Council took the kids away and the man and wife would have to go their separate ways and continue on with their lives. This place has all these rules because it is exactly like what the men have to say when they get tempted is that no one is better than another individual. These rules are to “protect” them from being selfish, in a way. The World Council puts the people who can remember way back in time in the Home of the Useless so the World Council does not want whatever happened back then to happen now. This big change was called the Great Rebirth. The World Council then took charge and created a whole new place and threw everyone who remembered …show more content…
He imagines this world of freeness. He has discovered so much more. Equality 7-2521 has found what the State did not offer him along with all his brothers. “For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor.”(Rand 104). I think Equality will not include any of the rules as well as controls that are in society right now. He is saying he will fight for his brothers freedom, no matter what takes. He wants everyone to feel the way he is feeling right now and he wants everyone to have the great knowledge he has. He wants everyone to own their own own life. He will probably limit some things down so society doesn't get out of control but he will not have the bad rules and controls. Equality doesn't like the way he has been treated by the government so why would he include the rules to make it so his brother’s would have to live this not so great life. I do not think that Equality would have these rules and controls in his envision of a new place. The rules as well as the purpose of the rules the government will slowly evolve with what Equality has found in the Uncharted Forest in the book “Anthem”. This book is a dystopia and describes a state where the government is in control and nobody is one person. This book is interesting from all the other books because it’s not a common type of book someone would generally read.

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    If the citizens can’t have the freedom to think for themselves they will never be able to act for themselves. Once the main character, Equality 7-2521 realizes that he should be able to think for himself and he shouldn’t feel guilty for being curious and wanting to discover new things he becomes a whole new person. He first uses the word “I” in page 94 in the quote “I am. I think. I will” This quote is important because it symbolizes Equality 7-2521 leaving the collective society to live with The Golden One.…

    • 649 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The government did this is a few different ways. First they required their citizens to call each other comrade rather than by the person’s real name. Then they created a language called Newspeak that limited the amount of words in the language. Finally the government changed the history of the country and never allowed its citizens to know the real history of Oceania. The government is dehumanizing its citizens because they want to ensure they have total control over the people without the citizens knowing what is really happening.…

    • 766 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    His ideas of freedom was bound to God and all the judgement we go through in life should be in his eyes and his eyes alone. Voltaire as powerful as he is understood that the life surrounding his ideas of freedom will be challenged and had accepted that. Being able to achieve his ideas would have been long fought especially during eighteenth century where the monarchs still ruled over much of the European lives. Voltaire had believed that the monarch had no control over the lives of the people and that when they are forced to mourn the lives of the dead kings, queens, princesses and princes there should be no reason to do so since they had failed the lives of the millions of citizens that had ruled over there…

    • 840 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Rousseau wanted the people to be able to govern themselves because of the negative way he saw the King govern his citizens. The King made decisions without thinking about how they affected his people; he never took their opinions into consideration and Rousseau believes that people should be in control of how the government affects their lives. I understand what he is trying to do, but there needs to be a more controlled system in place. Another downfall about his vision of governance is: what is the group to do when a law does not apply to everyone? Should they enforce it anyways because it is for the good of the majority, or would that be breaking the general will?…

    • 1580 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Leaders deceive their subjects because all men break their promises according to Machiavelli. If America were to have such a leader, the people would no longer be disappointed with the leaders that run the country. Therefore, promises that were made by the ruler could not be broken. All of the leader’s actions would be solely based on what events are happing now. If there were to be a mistake, the person in charge would not receive any negative backlash, because he does not make promises to his…

    • 1505 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    He had said in the story ¨The world they know has been changed and he does not want to live in it¨ (Paraphrase from multiple pages). This conclusion towards the end of the story supports how he believed in his culture and he was not going to allow a man to come into his village and ravage their way of life. This shows his cultural pride for his people, but he wasn't going to let someone get away with taking this from him. He later decides the only way for him to avoid his fate of being introduced to new views by the white man he hangs himself and it was disgraceful on him and his family and would make his family lose their honor. You can see this on page 207 where it says ¨Why can you take him down?…

    • 1207 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    His happiness and the help to the society made him want to present this idea to the school of the scholars. “ How dare you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brother?” (Rand 71). But this behavior was not acceptable by the councilors because this showed disrespect towards the rules which acted like a boundary between social classes. All the hard work and suffering Equality went through, had to be ended because the society in which Equality lives individuals don’t exist. The society sees the idea of one being able to hold its own ideas as a sin.…

    • 900 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    He must continue to work diligently and abide by the rules set forth by the government, or face serious consequences. “Winston wants to live in a society that acknowledges what is real whether or not it serves the goals of the people in power” (Source B). When history is changed, it will no longer exist to the people which benefits the Party’s intentions. They want to strip the people of their memories so they are not only able to control the past, but the present as well. The people will become more attentive to everything the Party has to say and accept all of the Party’s standards, even if they are flawed or rather misleading.…

    • 1569 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Therefore, even if Hobbes hoped for a more submissive constituent that only questions government in result to a direct threat of life, this cannot be the case in our current political time. There is no homogenous group in one society, therefore a ruler cannot truly make one decision that appeases all, they can, however, make decisions that help some and hurt others. This is when Hobbes theory on ownership for self-preservation becomes flawed. Although his way of thought has informed many governments it has also done what he hoped it wouldn’t; provide an unsafe environment that directly threatens lives. Proving that ownership cannot guarantee a free society it is only a quick resolution to a mountain of overlying issues that may possibly go…

    • 1147 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    All Councils believe that the Council of Vocations decided wisely on where everyone belongs. Likewise, the Council of Scholars and everyone else accepted the fact that one cannot be more wise than many, yet Equality hoped to be in his dream place with his inventions. Comparably, “‘This thing,’ they said, ‘must be destroyed.’ And all others cried as one: ‘It must be destroyed!’”(43). Same as above, the society thinks that one cannot rule over many which upsets Equality due to the fact that his invention could improve the future. The Council of Scholars decided that the invention must be destroyed due to the fact that they were uncertain whether the lightbulb would cause great conflicts in the society.…

    • 884 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Superior Essays