Book Review: Ayn Rand's 'Anthem'

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Ayn Rand's 1938 book "Anthem" emphasizes the importance of individuality and how this concept is threatened by society's tendency to promote values that are damaging for people in general. The novella's protagonist, Equality 7-2521, has been discriminated ever since he was a little boy, as his teachers were determined to differentiate between individuals on account of their particularities. From society's perspective, everyone needed to be equal in the respective community and it was essential for people to refrain from standing out. This was very difficult for Equality, as his stature practically made it impossible for him to be considered an equal. This makes it possible for one to understand that Equality felt discriminated from the first years of his adolescent life and that this played an important role in making him want to live life differently from the rest of the world. Equality was accustomed to being discriminated ever since his teachers observed that he was taller in comparison to his colleagues. "Ever have the Teachers and the Leaders pointed to us and frowned and said: "There is evil in your bones, Equality 7 2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers."" (Rand 1). This proves that not only did his teachers feel that he should take on attitudes that would emphasize him being equal to his peers, as they also wanted him to feel guilty as a result of his physical appearance. It was virtually as if they considered him responsible for acting in

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