Social Conformity In Anthem By Ayn Rand

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Imagine living in a society where everything someone does is conforming to someone else. In the novella Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, the author talks about conformity by referring to how all men need to be alike and fit in with each other. Equality 7-2521 the street sweeper, believes in the feeling of individualism and rejects the collectivist society around him. Social conformity becomes dangerous in Anthem because while Equality 7-2521 follows all the rules at the beginning of the novella, throughout the book he begins to break them.

Social conformity becomes dangerous in this society that Ayn Rand shows. First this is shown when men and women are forbidden to talk to each other. In the beginning, Equality met Liberty 5-3000, a young woman who works in the fields and lives in the Home of the Peasants. Equality 7-2521 explains, “And each day thereafter we knew the illness of waiting for our hour on the northern road. And there we looked at Liberty 5-3000 each day” (39). This shows that Equality wants to talk to her, but doesn’t want to be caught by fellow brothers. This is important because if he gets caught breaking the rules of the society he lives in, he will be lashed to death. If he wants to see Liberty, he must not talk or notice her or he will be showing preference which is not allowed. Secondly, this is shown when men and women do talk to each other. Now, throughout the story while Equality is going through the tunnel to see Liberty he decides to break the

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