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How do the leaders and society in Anthem seek to accomplish the tyrannical end?

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diana-15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2010 at 6:25 AM via web

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How do the leaders and society in Anthem seek to accomplish the tyrannical end?

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

Posted February 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In Anthem, the society has attempted to take away the ability and the desire to think. When Equality 7-2521 finds the tunnel in Chapter I, He and International 4-8818 discuss what they should do about looking at it and inspecting it. Equality 7-2521 wants to go into the tunnel, but International 4-8818 says that it is forbidden. The answers that they each give in response illustrate how the Council has taken away their free-will and their critical thinking skills. Equality 7-2521 argues that "The Council does not know of this hole, so it cannot be forbidden." International 4-8818 answers that "Since the Council does not know of this hole, there can be no law permitting to enter. And everything which is not permitted by law is forbidden." These comments illustrate the dependence which the Council has instilled upon its citizens toward their rules. They have succeeded in squelching International 4-8818's desire to think, but they have not had the same success against Equality 7-2521's mind.

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