Anthem Essay

Topics: Collectivism, Ayn Rand, Collective Pages: 3 (1096 words) Published: May 12, 2013
It is very difficult to be able to advance in life if you are not allowed to think freely and become an individual. In the book Anthem, the author, Ayn Rand depicts her concept of mankind through a society where individualism is immoral. The main character, Equality 7-2521, struggles to remain a collectivist, he begins to question his society and defy their beliefs and rules. Equality 7-2521, successfully broke free from confinement when he came to the realization that "To be free, a man must be free of his brothers” (Pg 101). So, in order to become free and to be able to prosper in life you must work for yourself, toward individualism, not for the collective.

In the beginning of Anthem Equality is just like everyone else, he is bound to the confinements of his society and the thought that collectivism was the only, and the best way of life. From the time that the people in the society were kids they were forced to think and say that “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (Pg 19). They all strive to be like each other, because they are told that they have to be the same as their “brothers”. In this communistic type government, people were not allowed to speak out, ask questions or be different, and if they did they would be punished. Rand shows the readers that Equality is somewhat different than everyone else because “[he] was born with a curse. It has always driven [him] to thoughts which are forbidden” (Pg18). Equality, unlike others, wanted to know more, he wanted to ask questions, this is showing the beginning of his path towards enlightenment.

Later on in the book, Equality starts to go against the government and he starts to try and advance and learn, even though he is not supposed to. Equality discovers an underground tunnel and “Now [he sits] in the tunnel for three hours each night” (Pg 35). He conducts experiments to study in order to get a better understanding of the world, and how...
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