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Anthem Analysis

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on January 6, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 631 words

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, is perfectly described by this Ralph Waldo quote. In a world where everyone was the same, Equality believed that there was something deeply wrong with him for wanting to be simply different. But, his desire for being different is what motivated him to experiment, and once he achieved this individualism he experienced a joy that was previously unknown to him, personal joy. Joy for himself and only himself. As selfish as this makes him sound its this selfishness that lead him to find his individualism. He always knew there was something more to life. Once he started gaining knowledge about himself he craved more and with this new found knowledge he had a new craving desire to make his own choices.
Making his own choices meant more then picking what he ate or wore to Equality. Making his own choices meant being his own person. Equality always had a lingering desire for solitude. “There is no danger in solitude. We have no need of our brothers..(83)”. He somehow knew that in solidity he could make his own choices and go on his own path. It took him a while but when Equality found this solidity he dived right into it. This shows when he says, “I am done with the monster of “We”, the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and share (97).” He finally broke free of society and in a way already became an individual because he could make his own decisions.
Throughout his life Equality always craved knowledge. As he gained more knowledge, his craving for it grew stronger because he could feel he was getting closer to discovering something important. When he encounters the hole in the ground for example, he knows there will be severe consequences if he explores it and is caught but nonetheless doesn’t hesitate to jump in. “Since the Council does not know of this hole, there can be no law permitting to enter it. And everything...

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