Animal Farm, By Ayn Rand

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Valor, in all its essence, is comparable to fear. Both can be quickly spurred by outside factors and can lose momentum with the same rapidness. At their core, they are both caused by desperation, but fear cowers while heroism protects. In Anthem by Ayn Rand, protagonist Equality 7-2521, also referred to as Equality, is imprisoned in a collective society that promotes conformity. George Orwell writes about the suffering of animals by their abusive owner in his novel Animal Farm, an allegory to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Society today is comprised of individuals whose perspectives sometimes clash with the majority and the results raise many debates. In three illustrations–Anthem, Animal Farm, and society today—physical and social fear…show more content…
“The first blow of the lash felt as if our spine had been cut in two… the lash whistled like a singing wind. We tried to count the blows, but we lost count… then we knew nothing,” (Rand 64-65). Despite these painful barriers, Equality escapes from his restricting society to the freedom of the forest, where he learns and builds a new future. “My future is clear before me… I shall rebuild the achievements of the past, and open the way to carry them further, the achievements which are open to me, but closed forever to my brothers” (Rand 99). In Anthem, Equality was a hero who braved the social and physical fears to become the father of a new generation, while others in his old community remain in bondage to their conventional way of life. When categorizing the animals in Animal Farm, it’s difficult to differentiate the heroes from the mélange of flat characters. Napoleon is the main oppugnant in the story. He overthrew the previous tyrant in order to enslave the animals himself. Every so often, one animal braver than the rest would confront the oppressing Napoleon, but that was a difficult task since he was constantly guarded by a private army of nine massive dogs. Upon several occasions, the dogs were the main tools Napoleon employed to silence his subjects, such as when “four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval...But suddenly the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep, menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat
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