Anthem Quote Analysis

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#4. Explain the following quote: “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers.” How does this quote exemplify a theme of Anthem?

Destruction. That’s what our world will be like in the future, according to Ayn Rand in her story Anthem. These are the unmentionable times, we have the technology, yet they have none of ours. They have candles instead of lights and most importantly they even lost their own individuality. “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever.” (Chapter 1 Paragraph 8). The main character, Equality 7-2521, learned how the “Evil Ones” may not have been the enemy. He had said “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers.” This is how he has changed his view in
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“We are nothing. Mankind is all. By grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the state. Amen.” (Chapter 1 Paragraph 15). Equality 7-2521 said “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers.” He was meaning in this statement that if one is to be free then he must be able to separate themselves from the rest and embrace their individuality. Equality 7-2521 learned how to be an individual and what impact one can make if they bring in their own individual thoughts and ideas. He had learned individuality and that is the theme of this story. The theme is showing how one man (Equality 7-2521) goes through life and learns how to be himself, encourage and accept his individuality, learn the ways from the unmentionable times, embrace difference, embrace change. “I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hand when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire. For in the temple of his spirit man is alone. Let each man keep his temple untouched and undefiled. Then let him join hands with others if he wishes, but only beyond his holy threshold.” (Chapter 11 Paragraph

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