Analysis Of Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Ayn Rand’s Anthem gives the readers a look at a dystopian society in which individualism is forgotten and man’s only priority is to serve the greater good. The most common singular pronoun, “I”, is deemed unspeakable as it is thought of as self-centered and egocentric. The Council of Vocations controls all citizens’ lives, determining what they can and cannot do and laying out the rules for society. Rand’s Anthem depicts collectivism and communism, which have been ideas present throughout History. Germany, from 1933-1945, had a similar social structure to the one presented in Anthem, with the government carrying total power and control over the citizens and laying out the rules for society. Soviet Russia, a communist country, were oppressing …show more content…
He used his position to push his extremist views to the citizens of Germany. By 1934, Hitler and the Nazi Socialist German Workers’ Party had complete control of the government after arresting and assassinating all other high ranking government officials. Hitler used this power to enforce laws he set out and to shut down any naysayers and opposing views. Hitler thought the Aryan race was the “master” race and all other races specifically Jews were deemed” Lebensunwertes Leben" ("Life unworthy of life"). Similar to Nazi Germany, the government in Anthem (The Council of Vocations) have complete control in their citizens’ lives. The government controls what can be read and what can be written down, where people work and how their citizens’ speak. Just like Nazi Germany, the government uses terror to enforce their laws, killing people or imprisoning them for making the slightest mistakes. For example, after discovering electricity and reinventing the light bulb, Equality 7-2521 returned late to the House of the Street Sweepers. For that minor offence Equality 7-2521 was imprisoned:”Take our brother Equality 7-2521 to the Palace of Corrective Detention” (Rand 22). This causes citizens to live in constant fear of the government for breaking a law could result in death. In Nazi Germany anyone who was a Jew or spoke out against the genocide of the Jewish people were killed, similar to in Anthem …show more content…
North Korea has been in several tense situations with the worlds superpower’s specifically the United States. They arrested two United States journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, while filming a documentary on trafficking of women at the North Korea border. North Korea has launched several long range ballistic missiles and they have openly stated that they intended to plan out a nuclear test. The North Korean government has completed control of all media entering the country, robbing its citizens from an outside perspective on its country. They forbid their citizens to access any media, whether it is foreign TV or internet websites. They are oppressing their citizens by not allowing them freedom of choice and expression. This is similar to Rand’s Anthem as the government in Anthem controls what the citizens know. For example the government does not allow citizens to speak about the time before their collectivist society as it is referred to as the unspeakable times. In North Korea you are required to follow a socialist way of life as presented to you by the government. Breaking that lifestyle set out by the government would result in “re-education” with severe penalties just like in Anthem where as every citizens has to follow the City Council’s rules and way of

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