Analysis Of ' The Damned ' Essay

1171 Words Mar 16th, 2015 null Page
If laughter is defined as “to not be bothered by something,” why would someone who has been damned laugh (Merriam Webster)? It seems preposterous that damnation could be something so easily shaken off. However, Anthem, or rather the society that is shown in it, has a misconception of what damnation is. What is something that should exile a person to be damned if he or she lives to be his or her happiest person, and who would be bothered by being damned if that simply meant that one could more freely be as he or she wished to be? People feel obligated to abide by rules set up by others to keep themselves from damnation, but Equality is able to laugh in his situation because he finally realizes that what he has been told is damnation, in reality, is ironically wonderful. Equality 7-2521 is indeed “the damned.” However, if damnation is characterized by freedom, happiness, and the ability to strive to live life as one wishes, damnation would take on a whole new, much more positive meaning. In this book, damnation roughly translates to freedom to do as one pleases. Equality exhibits this when he is talking to Liberty 5-3000, later the Golden One, and he muses that “If what we have found is corruption of solitude, then what can men wish save corruption? If this is the great evil of being alone, then what is good and what is evil?” (Rand 85). In a world where people feel obligated to live their lives based on what others say is acceptable and what is not, large groups of people…

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