Comparing Anthem to Fountainhead

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Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, once written, "The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head." He meant to say was that people should not let their society take control of how they should live their own lives. People should not be threatened by their own society, but they should be themselves instead of mindless puppets of society. Ayn Rand, a Russian-born US novelist, creates related personalities between Equality, from Anthem, and Howard Roark, from Fountainhead. Both characters are different from the society they live in, have a female companion who supports their ways of living and ideas, and breaks the rules to help build better ways to support their people of their society.

Having related personalities, Equality and Howard are evenly matched compared towards each other. First, Equality and Howard are different from their own society. Howard is an architect who designed many buildings, but the society does not approve his ideas because they want to have a Greek design on those buildings except Howard likes his buildings the way they are. Equality speaks out, "Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars." (Anthem 95). He does not want to serve the society for its own needs. In fact, Equality also tells himself, " I am done with this creed of corruption." (Anthem 97). He wants to be separate from the corrupted society's rules and laws that were preventing him from succeeding in his future life. Both, Equality and Howard, have shown that they are very different than society, but the same compared to each other.

Comparing each other, they both have a female supporter, who also wants to be separated from their society...
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