Anthem could be placed into many different categories such as characterization, tone, and theme. Characterization would be when he was being rebellious and outgoing. The tone of this book is bitter and out of the sorts because at first he was following the rules then he got lashed and then he escaped and got to be free. The last category would be theme and this is Equality actually being an individual and understanding himself for the first time in his life. Rand understood the means of collectivism and how much Equality will change throughout the book.
“Randy found it almost impossible to lie… lying was the worst crime, the indispensable accomplice of all others, and would always bring the worst punishment. ‘I can forgive anything but a lie’” (Frank 46).
II.) Background A. Authors work: Ayn Rand has written many novels, including The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Night of January 16th, The Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, and her first novel We the Living, Which was written in 1934 and was published in 1936.
Summary: In a world where I does not exist, Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 find themselves viewing one another as unique from the other men and women surrounding them. They are individually significant, even though their society greatly opposes the importance of an individual. They are forbidden from doing anything alone and are not allowed to think for themselves, Equality 7-2521 explores with the science of light and other things. Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 break many laws, even simple things such as thinking of one another and giving a name to each other. While they do not know it, they have a sense of self in a place where one is forbidden from looking at themselves as individual people with a soul different from any other. When Equality 7-2521 runs away to the forest to avoid further conflict with the law, Liberty 5-3000 follows. In the woods, instead of facing death as they had expected, they find joy and a life worth living.
Do what you want “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, is a story about the meaning behind self development of a person’s own thoughts. Ayn Rand was born February 2, 1905 in Saint petersburg, Russia. She is a novelist,philosopher, and screenwriter.
When reading the novel, “Anthem”, by Ayn Rand, through a historical lense, readers can see that many aspects of anthem are written based on the events and experiences that Rand had encountered in her life. Rand based many aspects of the novel on her childhood experiences in communist Russia. Things such as “The Unmentionable Times”, the tunnel, and the escape showed how Rand felt about her experiences in Russia and after.
“Anthem” was written by Ayn Rand (A Russian-American novelist) and was published in 1938. Ayn Rand had a great understanding of her philosophies and had immense perspectives on issues. Reading the book and after finishing it one will learn that if they do not become an individual in society they will then become a victim of the brainwashed population. One would eventually become synchronized with peer actions/lifestyles instead of developing their own philosophies and thinking for their own well-being.
At the end of the novel, Equality sees nothing wrong with individuality and encourages it. He now even hates the word “we” since he believes that it was “the worship of the word ‘we’” (Rand 102) that brought his old society into submission. Equality also wishes to be called by an individual name, so he chooses the fitting name of Prometheus and gives the future mother of his children the name Gaea (Rand 99). The practices of his society, on the contrary, believe that everyone must be seen equally in each others eyes. There is no worse transgression than to “do or think alone” (Rand 17). While citizens under this government do have names by which they are addressed, they seem more like serial numbers than actual names (for example: Equality
Fear, something we all have when we’re born, something that teaches us what is bad and what we shouldn’t do out of not wanting to be in trouble. Even though it’s an obstacle, we hold back, it can create something, either magnificent or terrible. How do other people react to such a creation once released into the world? Do they love it, hate it, or just plain terrified of it?
The famous adage, “ignorance is bliss” may be true for some however, Equality is not one of them. Equality is happier knowing the truth than being kept in the shadows. In Ayn Rand’s oppressive, totalitarian society where individualism is the highest crime, Equality struggles to free himself from collectivism. Thus,
Who am I? Teens struggle with this question in their lives because they are soon to be adults. The book we read to answer this question are Anthem by Ayn Rand, “Emancipation Proclamation,” by Abraham Lincoln, “Prometheus”, from Greek Mythology, “Critical Thinking” audio by Leo, and we did a Socratic Seminar as a class. These items helped me see that I am a passionate and independent person.
Anthem overall was a good book it caught my attention. In Anthem the younger people are the ones that are curious about everything that was the past that is hidden and everything that isn't or hasn't yet been discovered. The maze Runner is a good relation to anthem because of the kids being the ones to explore and want to know about everything. Every adult i've ever met has always tried to tell me what to do. The reason young people are attracted to dystopian style books is because they feel that they know more than the adults think they do.
“Reinventing Government” is a book that proposed solutions to fix the ‘broken’ American governance structure in the post-industrial knowledge-based age. Through pep-rally prose and virtually telling stories, the authors painted a bleak portrait of the contemporary American government. They demonstrated that the governmental bureaucracy or perestroika that existed during the industrial era and times of economic and military crisis, with their sluggishness, preoccupation with rules and regulations and hierarchical chains of command, was not appropriate for the post-industrial knowledge-based age: simply, bureaucracy had outlived its usefulness. For instance, they indicated that the increasing choice of quality goods and services in the 1960’s
Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings trilogy are prime examples of how companionship is a necessity to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness. Without Sam’s help, Frodo would have never accomplished his task of destroying the One Ring. While both hobbits start out fairly innocent in the world, their view is changed by many powerful experiences throughout the series. A shining example is how Samwise saves Frodo in from impending death at the hands of orcs in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King: “For a second Sam halted, for suddenly things seemed clear to him, almost as if he had seen them with his eyes… Frodo might be killed out of hand at any moment” (178). If Sam had not had the courage to go after Frodo and free him from the orcs, the ending to the series would have been quite different.
Sam’s altruistic generosity repeatedly kept Frodo from failure. With the burden of the Ring, Frodo could barely function and certainly needed all the food and rest he could get. When supplies ran low, Sam willingly went without food in order to give Frodo a larger portion. For a hobbit, this was a tremendous sacrifice! Nevertheless, Sam did this without thinking twice or voicing a single complaint. He also took extra watches in order to allow Frodo to sleep. Throughout the quest, Sam cheerfully put Frodo’s needs ahead of his own; without his sacrifices, Frodo would have failed on his mission. However, generosity wasn’t Sam’s only contribution.