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Anathem's Society In Anthem Written By Ayn Rand

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The society depicted in Anthem written by Ayn Rand has the people working to benefit each other, a system known as collectivism. The rules are quite restrictive in Anthem’s society for the purpose of keeping people in line, so they would not rebel against the government. Rules also serve the purpose to keep people equal to one another; however, at the end of the novel, Equality 7-2521 creates his own society to give people full freedom and individualism. Anthem’s society created laws to keep the collectivist ideals alive.
The word “I” is forbidden to say Anthem’s society to preserve collectivism and not have any individuals. People exist to serve each other, so in order to remain humble and equal, the citizens all have to wear all of the
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Equality 7-2521 interacted with the tunnel from the Unmentionable Times not only because he is curious, but also because he wanted a place to do experiments and not get killed for doing them. The Unmentionable Times got covered up so that people will not revolt against collectivism, and the government will kill anyone who tries to uncover these times.
The power of collectivism and rules in society is so commanding that they even assign jobs to their citizens. Equality 7-2521 became a street sweeper due to his curiosity, in the hopes of deterring him from making any discoveries or breaking any laws. Acting as discipline, the government choosing the people’s jobs keeps the people in line so that they would not rebel against them. When Equality 7-2521 proves that he is smarter than a regular street sweeper the Council of Scholars says “And if the Councils had that you should be a Street Sweeper, how dared you think that you could be of greater use to men than in sweeping the streets?” (Rand 41). Furthermore, job assignments let the government use the person’s skills to their full ability, in order to help their brothers.
Society in Anthem became completely controlled by the government and society so that everyone is identical to one another, but when Equality 7-2521 escapes civilization he goes to build his own individualistic society. After Equality 7-2521 became exiled from society, he went into
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