, Social Equality, Individuality, And Society In Anthem, By Ayn Rand

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The novel of Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, contributes to controversial subjects in society that are still relevant today. Some issues addressed by Rand in her novel include: equality, social hierarchy, individuality, and government. Throughout the duration of reading Anthem the issues in which Rand makes relevant are not obvious, but more so discussed through conflicts and situations that the main character, Equality 7-2521, encounters. Although many of the altercations that present social issues are provided by either other characters singlehandedly or by a group of the characters in alliance, some of the main issues that arise in this novel are presented within the main character himself. Equality, being one of the main issues Rand discusses, is presented by almost everything in the novel from how they treat each other to how they dress and where they live. In our society today equality is expressed by how we as a community treat each other. In the novel, however Rand takes it further to the point in which not only does everyone have to treat each other the same, but they have to dress the same, live in the same homes, live their lives based upon the same schedule, and have the same intelligence level otherwise they are looked down upon by their community. In my opinion the level of equality in the novel is too much. Although the level of equality in which they have achieved and maintained did its job and allowed everyone to be equal, it also caused them to miss out on

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