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What is an example of irony in Ayn Rand's Anthem? 

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hbalaji97 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM via web

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What is an example of irony in Ayn Rand's Anthem? 

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM (Answer #1)

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An example of irony in Rand's Anthem would be after Equality speaks to Liberty for the first time and he sings his way back home. The leader of the home reprimands Equality for singing without reason and outside of the social meeting where singing is only permitted. Equality responds by saying that he is singing because he is happy, but the leader of the home didn't really listen. Instead, the leader told Equality that he was happy because, "How else can men be when they live for their brothers?" (43). So, the leader is saying that their way of life is the best for everyone, but when Equality looks around that night, he sees that most men walk hunched over, never looking at anyone's eyes. He discovers that their life there isn't happy, but full of fear; and, where fear is, there cannot be happiness.


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