Anthem by Ayn Rand: Where Do Children in Totalitarian States Live?

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Right from birth, children are taken from their parents and live in places controlled by the state. They never meet their parents and the state takes over teaching the children everything they think is important for their lives. In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, children never live with their parents and never know who they are. Right from birth, they are taken to the House of Infants and from there they live in homes their entire life. Dictatorial leaders enforce this living arrangement in these sorts of societies. In totalitarian societies, dictatorial leaders force children to live apart from their families to gain complete control of their lives without any outside influences. Leaders in totalitarian societies find it easier to prevent children from developing certain characteristics that they could find potentially dangerous. In the novel, two adults go to the Palace of Mating and nine months later, a child arrives and is directly sent to the House of Infants. This living arrangement limits the opportunity of the children to develop characteristics that differentiate them between their brothers. In every house that Equality has lived in, each house has had the same interior. At the end of the day, Equality and his brothers go to bed and sleep until the bell rings in the house where “the sleeping walls are white and clean and bare of all things” (Rand 28). The leaders keep the houses plain to prevent their people…
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