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Is Ayn Rand discussing the past, or predicting the future in her novel "Anthem?"How...

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM via web

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Is Ayn Rand discussing the past, or predicting the future in her novel "Anthem?"

How could current culture devolve into what she describes?

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hhaeger | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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The book is addressing both the past and the future. Like all Dystopias the story is built on recognizable elements from our past and then mixed with elements that seem improbable and foreign (e.g. the extreme loss of technology). However, like all dystopias the story is also a warning for our future, a commentary on ideas and notions that should give us pause. Books like Anthem are designed to make you think about key questions like: Where are we headed as a society? and, Where will our current decisions lead? Ayn Rand's book are heavily influenced by her communist experiences and so her books tend to focus on the loss of individuality in oppressive communities.

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mamalionamanda | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM (Answer #2)

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Action is more powerful than words!! Be patient you'll see.

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