Ayn Rand Anthem Analysis

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Anthem is a rebellious novella written by a Russian-born American novelist named Ayn Rand. The Novel Anthem is mainly about a young man named Equality 7-2521, who goes against all that he has been taught. Equality discovers information that was being hidden from him by people he had trusted. He identifies himself as “I” instead of “we” standing against all the lies that have been hidden for years. But, by the end of the novel Equality 7-2521 has changed his mind becoming very critical of the leaders of his society, denouncing them in moral terms. He is correct to do so because as an individual he has rights to be himself instead of being exactly like his brothers, which he has gone without knowing this information up to this point in his life. …show more content…
Of course, Equality was gullible to the fact that the Council could never harm him or his brothers in any way but he eventually stood up for himself when he could not morally tolerate the way he was being treated. Equality would agree with Ayn Rand due to his judgemental brothers in their society. “Judge, and be prepared to be judged.” Directly from, ("How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Page1. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.) Mainly stating, an individual would be looked down upon if they were indecisive on something. Like when Equality had brought his new “invention” on how to make lightning to the home of the scholars he is looked down upon because he is a street sweeper disobeying the rules of the council. Adding onto that, Equality had done what was needed to do when possible for his own sake. Equality was restricted from expanding his knowledge due to the council, so he chose to pursue his desire need for individualistic lifestyle. “By pronouncing moral judgement, one protects the clarity of one’s own perception and the rationality of the course one chooses to pursue.” Strictly from, ("How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Page1. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.) Meaning, never lose sight of your achievements in the near future. Such as Equality, he knew he wanted to invent objects for his brothers and further his education so he did exactly that. Breaking a few rules along the way by stealing manuscripts to read and making inventions behind the councils back instead of doing only his job. Equality never loses sight of what he wanted to do with his life, so when the council did not approve of his actions he went out on his own leaving his brothers behind. Equality would agree with Ayn Rand for the most part because both know the way totalitarianism feels and they disagree with the concept of

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