The Importance Of Rules In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Equality 7-2521 envisions his perfect world where he wants individualism and doesn’t like living in a strict society in the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand. Except in his collectivist society everyone is bound by rules to protect their general safety. Everyone must be the same so there's no conflict. Many rules and controls can ruin a person, like it ruined Equalities perspective on his collective community. Ayn Rand shows the importance of rules through the dystopian society.
In Equality 7-2521 collectivist society rules are made to ensure order within the community. The importance of rules is safety within the community and to enforce rights and to solve conflicts. His community strives so everyone is the same, everyone must be like everyone else.
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Equality 7-2521 believes in individualism and rebels over his collectivist society. They are forbidden to think or write anything that nobody else thinks. Equality 7-2521 opens up with him writing “It's a sin to write this. It's a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil”. The first thing we learn is that Equality 7-2521 lives in a controlled world. He comes to his realization that he doesn't like being ruled by the council and wants to have freedom. He comes to realisation the purpose of an Individual and the importance of his own existence. He wants to have a say in his live, but his behaviors are viciously being controlled. Equality 7-2521 is constantly is breaking rules that are worthless. Men and women are forbidden to notice each other, forbidden from being alone, and men are not to write until they have permission. While Equality 7-2521 is working as a sweet sweeper he comes across a 17 year old woman who he later secretly names her “The golden one”. Equality 7-2521 comes upon a tunnel that the council does not know about. The tunnel makes him feel free, he feels capable to do anything. He begins working on an invention of electric light and writing in his journal every day in the dark, underground tunnel, but it doesn't matter to him. The tunnel is his

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