The Anthem And The Handmaid's Tale Analysis

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Freedom and individual rights are essential for living a joyful life. Unfortunately, in the novel The Anthem by Ayn Rand and The Handmaid 's Tale by Margaret Atwood, people live in a close and controlled society. In neither novel, the protagonists have no right of deciding on what they want to do with their lives. For example, Equality 7-2521, the protagonist of the Anthem yearns of becoming a scientist, but is commanded to be a Street Sweeper by a government that fears his independence of mind. Both societies live in a nonexistent freedom world where society is deprived from knowledge and their own identity. In The novel Anthem society lives in a totalitarian way where humanity is born to live a life full of regulations. At the age of five, …show more content…
In the Anthem, everything started after a catastrophic event. Their society was destroyed by the leaders, which thought that the problem was the individual. This belief was so severe that the word "I" had to be deleted from their vocabulary. In The Handmaid 's Tale, there was a catastrophe which made men sterile. In order to solve this catastrophe, all women 's rights were taken away and were forced to bear Commander 's children. Another difference is their naming system. Even though in both novels their identity were stripped away, in the Handmaid 's Tale, women adapted their Commander 's name preceding them with "Of". Meanwhile on the Anthem, individuals have no identity of their own. They are name Equality followed by a number such as 7-2521. Anything that might allow individuals to develop their own identity- whether name, a mirror, or the first-person singular was …show more content…
The purpose for her to write this serious satire is to warn the modern society about what could happen if people do not take action and let others control its way of living. By explaining and describing, the small details of what women went through and how their daily life was, it gives women a clear understanding of what their life will be like if the feminist movement were to fail. Atwood envisions a society of extreme changes in governmental, social, and mental oppression to make her point clear. In today 's society people should be aware of the importance of freedom because without these freedoms, this country would not be what it is today. Fortunately, in America you can be any one you want to

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