Ayn Rand's True Philosophy, and the People and Events Who Show It

1862 Words 8 Pages
Ayn Rand’s True Philosophy, and the People and Events Who Show It

“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.” (Ayn Rand). Ayn’s novel lives up to these possibilities by expressing her hope for independence and individuality in the world. Freedom can only be achieved by man’s own ability to think, feel, make choices, and form their own judgement, and that is exactly what the novel is about. In her book Anthem, Ayn Rand presents the philosophy that independence and individuality are very important in a society. This philosophy is true, and can be related to historical and current world events, along with the book Anthem. First, the
…show more content…
Though his feelings are not hurt much by this because he is expecting it, Equality’s independence is taken away from him because he is not allowed to choose for himself. Rand’s philosophy comes through here, and can be related to the Declaration of Independence because independence is needed in a society. The colonies in the Declaration separate themselves from the main colony, and so does Equality to find independence. After the Council refuses Equality’s light bulb discovery, he escapes and, “[t]hen [he] ran.” (Rand 75). Equality feels as though no one understands him, and when the Council refuses to accept his idea of the light bulb, he runs away into the Uncharted Forest. This being done, Equality is essentially making himself an individual by running away somewhere where his society will not go. In other words, he is separating himself from them, so he is now independent. The Declaration is exactly like Equality in this sense. It affirms that the 13 American colonies that were at war with Great Britain at the time, saw themselves as no longer part of the British Empire. They are also now individuals, just like Equality, and that is how they represent independence and its importance. The colonies find their name, and so does Equality. Equality and Liberty find peace in their little house. After reading some books, Equality finds out that men had names at one point, because they all deserve them. He decides to name himself Prometheus, after the Greek god

Related Documents