Essay about Anthem, Equality 7-2521, By Ayn Rand 's Anthem

1106 Words Mar 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Since technology improves living conditions and greatly aids humanity, when society possesses a strong background of scientific knowledge, society flourishes. Citizens become creative, open-minded and innovative, and in these environments, humanity has the opportunity to reach new heights. However, in Ayn Rand’s futuristic novella, Anthem, Equality 7-2521, the protagonist who flees his society after suffering oppression at the hands of his totalitarian government, lives in a technologically primitive society that revolves around the idea that one should place others before themselves. Equality lives in an environment in which science cannot flourish. Anthem’s technologically primitive society implies that an oppressive, change-fearing, narrow-minded government obstructs innovation and minimizes knowledge of the sciences, which ultimately illustrates how society must welcome change and encourage creativity and curiosity in citizens for science to flourish.
Throughout the novella, Anthem’s oppressive government reserves strict control over innovators and limits those who can improve society’s scientific knowledge, which implies that encouraging innovation expands scientific understanding. Equality’s government forbids forward-thinking citizens from improving society by assigning careers to each citizen. Since the “Council of Vocations tell[s citizens] who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days”(14), the government retains full control…

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