Nathaniel Branden

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  • Ayn Rand's Anthem: Equality

    enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains” (Rand 101). This ongoing plight has carried humanity to where it is today: the pinnacle of our development and progress. Equality has chosen to walk a path of independence and personal growth. For society as a whole, following in Equality’s sizable footsteps would require humanity to be guided by a strong set of moral principles. Though art, culture, and science would undeniably flourish in a world of independent thinkers, it is impossible to ensure that every man has such noble and fruitful desires. Rand supports the concept of putting the self first, but emphasizes that this drive must be balanced by a strong moral code. In the Virtue of Selfishness, Rand and Branden state “It is only on the basis of rational selfishness—on the basis of justice—that men can be fit to live together in a free, peaceful, prosperous, benevolent, rational society” (28). With virtues such as honesty, justice, and integrity to serve as a personal compass, an inward focus can result in outward change that will improve society as a whole. If the world were populated with replicas of Equality, scientific discovery and technological progress would leap forward. Artists, free thinkers, and philosophers would quickly rise to power. In the absence of moral virtues, a society driven to pursue personal interests would rapidly disintegrate into chaos. The personal freedom and morality that are praised in Anthem are not the only…

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  • Nathaniel Branden: The Six Pillars Of Self Esteem

    According to Nathaniel Branden, self-esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and being worthy of happiness. It is the confidence in the efficacy of the mind, ability to learn, appropriateness of the decisions and choices, and effectiveness of the response to change. Self-esteem is not a euphoria that may be temporarily induced by a drug or a compliment nor an illusion or hallucination. It is grounded in reality and built…

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  • Individuality Vs. Conformity In Ayn Rand's Anthem

    In the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 is a young man who struggles to find ways to show his true self because he lives in a society based on conformity. Ayn Rand uses the symbols of the light bulb, the Uncharted Forest, and his new name to demonstrate the conflict of individuality versus conformity in order to demonstrate the importance of individuality and self-discovery. Thus, through the use of these symbols, Ayn Rand is able to integrate the theme of individuality versus conformity…

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  • The Use Of Light And Dark Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

    In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's "The Scarlet Letter", the reader is drawn into a world of hidden passion, the vengeance of a broken heart, and secret sin. Of course, such things come with great emotional and physical repercussions. Throughout the novel, the effects of secret sin can indefinitely be seen in main characters such as Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Hawthorne depicts the emotional and physical effect of secret sin in not only literal ways, but specifically with…

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  • Character Analysis Of Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter

    The Ambiguous Trail First and last impressions hold a lasting imprint towards one’s personality. First impressions are little previews into one’s persona and each subsequent meeting helps further develop towards one’s last impression. Which is an ideal that eventually contributes to the bigger picture of who a person actually is. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne emphasizes Dimmesdale as a pivotal character who embodies qualities from both the good and the bad. Throughout the…

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  • Emasculation In Toni Morrison And The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne's Beloved

    The emasculation of a man can, and most likely will, result in the deterioration of either his physical or his mental state of being. Not only is it damaging to the self-confidence of the man, but it’s also eradicating a belief that’s been taught since childhood, which is that men are suppose to be strong and phlegmatic, meaning they should always be calm and collected. There are various ways of ridding a man of his masculinity, whether it be his partner finding another man to satisfy certain…

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  • Judgement In The Scarlet Letter, And Nathaniel Hawthorne's Beloved

    Judgement, especially lasting judgement is not something that should ever be passed lightly. In both the book “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the book “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison, the main characters are harshly and lastingly judged by their peers. In The Scarlet Letter, this is displayed through the citizens of Hester’s village when they utterly reject her and scorn her at the Scaffold and for the next four to six years. Similarly, upon the slaughter of her child, Sethe was…

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  • The Moral Of Allegory In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

    In the short story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne the symbols he is using are allegories to the moral of the story. The moral of the story can be explained many different ways but the moral is everything/ everyone that look good to the public eye isn’t always good behind closed doors or dark places. Young Goodman Brown discovers that from sunset to nightfall the outside world is different, you see things that shouldn’t be seen, and your Faith is tested it’s all up to yourself to not…

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  • Examples Of Hester Prynne In The Scarlet Letter

    Hester: “Able” to Wear The Scarlet Letter As Helen Keller once said “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This undoubtedly played out in the character of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Plagued by society due to an adulteress affair, with Puritan minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester continuously suffers and is deemed as an outcast.…

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  • Essay On Loss Of Innocence In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

    much through the early 1800s. The second Great Awakening contributed much to this growth. Its effects were far-reaching, and with it came the subgenre of Transendentenalism, highly influenced by religion. This subgenre conveys the belief that man is generally good, innocent, and meant to be pious and God-fearing. Of course not everyone agreed with this sentiment, and soon followed the subgenre of Dark Romanticism. The two are similar in that their stories are often moral allegories, but the…

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