To Believe and To Change in Ayn Rand’s Anthem

873 Words Feb 21st, 2018 3 Pages
Through their lives, individuals promote their own exclusive originalities, while Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem characterizes a totalitarian society suppressing individualism. In the society depicted in Anthem, individualism is oppressed by the society imposing children live away from their families which is one form of totalitarian dictator’s authority. The intention of totalitarian dictators enforcing the arrangement of children living apart from their families is to impede individualistic society- avert dissimilarities transpiring in the process of family influences in education, forfend the enlightenment of emotions, and the establishment of collectivism. “We strive to be like all our brother men, for all men must be alike” (Rand 21). Although being divergent is a sin, transgression in Anthem society, Prometheus, the protagonist, defies against collectivism by standing out and becoming an outcast of himself in his society with self-assurance and eagerness. No one in Anthem society has individual identity by inspecting the inexistence of the word “I,” while Prometheus detects the Unspeakable Word, ego, exposing the readers to envisage the propitious prospect of the establishment of individualism.
“Women never see their children and children never know their parents” (Rand 41). Prometheus…