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Am I on the right track with this analysis of Anthem? i wanted to know if i should...

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sonokoroxs | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2011 at 4:55 PM via web

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Am I on the right track with this analysis of Anthem? 

i wanted to know if i should do this or try a different approach to the prompt ( its for an ayn rand essay contest and i have to enter even though i dont want too...)
here is the prompt I choose to do

To fully control a man, dictators must not only enslave his body, but also destroy his mind. Discuss how the leaders and society in anthem seek to accomplish this tyrannical end.

I was going to compare the society and the leaders to Hitler but i thought it was too common of a dictator so i was thinking of comparing the society to Mao's view and rule instead... Should I or should i just abandon that idea thanks..

( how mao installed fear in society to be able to control the people and how the focus on society in mao back then was to help the general welfare of china as a whole and not individual...

I am just asking if i am on the right track that is all....

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mitchrich4199 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:40 AM (Answer #2)

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The answer to your question depends upon whether you were asked to compare Anthem to other points in history. It sounds like you were given this assignment by a teacher, so they might have different expectations than the people actually judging the essays at the Ayn Rand Institute. My impression from the institute is that you are to stick to the elements in the book. You only have between 600 and 1200 words, so attempting to bring in other parts of history would be very difficult. The requirement from the institute is:

Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem.

The last sentence tells me that going outside of the book to Mao or Hitler will be considered off topic. You won't be able to demonstrate a "grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem" in such a short paper. That being said, if your teacher allowed that as part of his or her requirements, then Mao and Hitler would be excellent comparisons.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 20, 2012 at 4:09 AM (Answer #4)

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To fully control a man, dictators must not only enslave his body, but also destroy his mind. Discuss how the leaders and society in anthem seek to accomplish this tyrannical end. 

If this is your prompt, it seems to me pretty specific to Anthem. So you'll want to address how the leaders (the World Council, the Scholars, the Vocational COmmittee, and others) treat their "brothers." These organizations do everything they can to oppress and control the workers. They are so determined not to make life any better and to ensure that all people work until they are exhausted at the age of forty that they refuse even to consider Equality 7-2521's invention of electricity to make life easier for the workers. They want to control everything in men's lives and they do--even to the point that their every move is regulated by bells. 

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