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Essays On Ayn Rands Anthem

Comparing Society Today with Ayn Rand's, Anthem Essay

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Imagine a world where people are only expected to live up to 45 years old. In today's society, there are countries that experience this. In the novel Anthem, by Ayn Rand; there are many factors like lifestyle, government, medicine, and education that lead to this. There are a couple of ways where the world in the novel is similar and different to today's society. A reason why life expectancy is so short in the novel is because of the "Great Rebirth", the "Great Rebirth" led to a new world that doesn't have machinery or electronics. Because of this there was a lack of medicine. Life expectancy is so short in this society because there isn't any advanced medicine. They think that by cutting them open and letting them bleed the infections…show more content…

In this society, everyone was deemed equal to each other so no one could find out new things or talk about the past. No one was allowed to think as an individual. They had to use the word "we" instead of "I". Everyone always had to be in a group and male and female worked apart from each other. In the novel, the government chose who went with whom and whom they had to mate with. They couldn't choose because than they would be punished and be sent to a corrective center (jail/prison). No one rebelled because of this. In our society, we are allowed to choose who we want to be with and with who we want to start a family with. In the novel, the government is bad because no one is allowed to speak out. They didn't have a democratic environment. In our world, we have a democratic government and the right to freedom of speech, without getting punished. On the contrary, we have to speak out to make our community better and safer to live. In Anthem the protagonist, equality, falls in love with liberty. He saw her when he was cleaning the road. He didn't know what he felt and the next day he saw her working in the fields. They gave each other looks. Then later she gave him water. He started to fall in love with her. He later found out that she was about to turn 18 and ready to get pregnant, which he didn't want to happen. He did something that was forbidden. he fell in love in a society that doesn't embrace

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Individualism in "Anthem" by Ayn Rand Essay

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Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is a very unique novel. It encircles individualism and makes the reader think of how people can conform to society and do as they are told without knowing the consequences and results of their decisions. Also, it teaches the importance of self expression and the freedom that comes along with being your own person and having the power to choose what path to take in life. Figurative language is used often in this book and in a variety of quotes that have great importance to the theme, plot, and conflict of the novel. “We blew out the candle….” The first thing that is apparent about this quote is the use of we. The word we is used throughout the book in place of I. This is directly related to the society in the novel…show more content…

The use of fireflies in this quote is symbolic for some chance that the main character sees. In this situation he feels that International 4-8818 is different than everyone else and has the potential to think the same way as himself, which is different than their society wants them to think and forbids them to think. This quote also characterizes 8818 as being strong and tall and different from everyone else. This means that he has some amount of individualism. This relates to the theme and conflict of the novel, despite the efforts of the councils, some people still manage to be different. This is also when the main character starts noticing the few people like him. The people that think the same way that he does, that there is something more out there. It is people like this that come into play later in the novel when the character says to Gaea that he is going to bring people back, to save them and start a new society. International 4-8818 would be one of the first that he would bring back. “(Liberty’s) body was straight and thin as a blade of iron..” This quote characterizes the Golden One, or Gaea as she becomes later in the novel. This is another example of Rand using the golden symbolism. The main character sees something different in her and is drawn to her. Describing her as a blade of iron could mean that she is a strong person and it foreshadows her being strong willed and not afraid to go against her society and

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