Comparative Essay Anthem and Animal Farm

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The books Anthem by Ayn Rand and Animal Farm by George Orwell are both written about dystopias, or the most imperfect and dismal society. Both authors write about humans –or animals- failing to create a utopia or perfect society. Though both authors use different points of view, language style, and voice the same theme is expressed: a perfect society where everyone is equal cannot exist.

In Anthem, the main character, Equality 7-2521, rebels against the futuristic government he lives in, like the animals rebel against their farmer in Animal Farm. Anthem ends at Equality’s escape from his city but, Animal Farm is about the new society created after the rebellion and how it starts out promising but eventually is driven into the ground by
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His world is sad and bland, but no one knows it because they do not ever disobey or question the law. “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.” (Rand 17) There are always flaws in a ‘perfect’ society. Therefore, it cannot exist.

Both novels’ dystopias differ greatly from each other. For example in Animal Farm, there is a more depressing mood as you watch the society fail and turn against its original laws. In Anthem, however, there is a positive mood as one man runs from his death into land unknown to start his own fair and just society, knowing it may not be perfect.

The pigs end up changing Animal Farm into an unfair communist society with them as its rulers. While, Anthem’s society everyone is created equal and although there are elders who set up the picking of jobs and food production they make sure everything is just and equal, unlike the pigs. The urge to rebel is definitely dominant in Anthem. “Through all the darkness, through all the shame of which men are capable, the spirit of man will remain alive on this earth. It may sleep, but it will awaken. It may wear chains, but it will break through. And man will go on. Man, not

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