Unconquered In Anthem

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The Unconquered

“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but the only great WE, One, indivisible and forever”. Equality-7521 is a frowned upon burden to the council and the leaders of society, as he has committed a crime for which there is no name for in the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand. He is born with an unbearable curse which none of his brothers have, the courage to seek and find knowledge. He knows he is evil but, towards the end of the story, feels no burden upon his spirit nor fear in his heart to resist the temptations of what secrets are being hidden from the unmentionable times. In the novella by Rand, there is no “I” or “me”, only the words “ours” and “we”. Equality lives in an age that has lost all trace of civilization
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. In this essay, Rand describes in detail precisely what Equality’s leaders instruct. No matter where you are there is judgement which, in technical terms, would provide individualism. As Rand states in her essay, “There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices... so long as moral values are at stake, normal neutrality isn’t possible” (7). Thus meaning that in societies like equality's, mysticism is rejected, as well as individualism. Being that the leaders of the society in the novel that Equality is housed in believes the great truth of all is, as stated in Anthem, “that all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together” (20), which creates an irrational society, also nothing more than “moral cowards, paralyzed by the absence of the self principles” (17) as Rand describes in the essay. All in all, I believe that Equality would agree with Rand in the essay How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society? And the advice she has on dealing with an irrational society. Concluding that all moral agnosticism is is nothing more than, as Rand finally says in the essay, “an escape from the responsibility of moral

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