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In Ayn Rand's Anthem, how do the leaders seek to accomplish control over society?

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In Ayn Rand's Anthem, how do the leaders seek to accomplish control over society?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM (Answer #1)

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The leaders inAnthemwere also controlled because they believed that nothing should change without everyone's consent. For example, the Council of Scholars mentioned that it took fifty years for the candle to be an accepted tool for light and for everyone to use. But initially, the society was set up to keep people in the dark both literally and mentally. When people are in the dark, they are more easily controlled. So, physical light through the use of candles was archaic and limiting; which, makes the fact that Equality 7-2521's discovery of electricity so abhorrent to the Council of Scholars. They also controlled people by outlawing friendships and relationships. In order to procreate, a Palace of Mating was used by people 18 and older once a year and familial relationships were made extinct. The Council of Vocations made the job assignments and from birth to death every choice was made for everyone. The motto was as follows:"We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great We, One, indivisible and forever"(19).

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Rand, Ayn.Anthem.Student Edition. Signet Book. New York, New York, 1995.

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