Ayn Rand Anthem

1250 WordsOct 23, 20125 Pages
Ayn Rand’s Anthem discusses many controversial ideas throughout the book. Often times the ideas shown are extreme examples and often polar opposites. Most often the ideas used by Rand can be perceived as one is completely bad and the other good. One of the best examples of this is the extremes of caring only for the whole and the opposite of caring only for the self. Rand has extreme ideas of both of these and expresses them often in Anthem. These two ideas are the backbone for the whole story and deliver the main message Rand wanted to express. Ayn Rand constructed “a philosophy for living on earth” (Ayn Rand, 111) to abide by based on her own opinions she had formulated since living in a communist society and coming to the West. She…show more content…
Hitler’s notoriety came from his extreme ideas, one of which was only caring for the Aryan race. Hitler wanted the Aryans, the whole, to succeed and live in a utopia. “His dream of a racially pure empire would tolerate no Jews” (Louis Bulow) or anyone of another race. Hitler goaded others to exterminate all those who did not meet his criteria and tried to conquer the world in his quest to do the best for the whole. Another example of a good idea gone bad when taken to the extreme is the hippie movement in the United States in the mid 1960s and 1970s. The hippies held steadfast to their idea of only doing the best for themselves when they did not refrain from experimenting with drugs and exhibiting free sexuality. The drugs and sex the hippies enjoyed felt good for the self but wrecked their minds and bodies for the future. Since they had been hurt at a young age from sexual diseases and the damaging effects of drugs they were not able to succeed up to their potential and could not help society to the fullest. These are but two examples of goods idea that when taken to extremes can be dangerous. Anthem has two examples of good ideas taken to their extremes that stand out to the reader. The first example is in the beginning of the novel with the societies taking the idea of; do the best for the whole, the community, to the extreme. With everybody only thinking of the whole they never think more
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