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lilac123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM via web

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In Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, discuss four of the council's reasons for rejecting Equality's invention.


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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM (Answer #1)

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The four major reasons that Collective 0-0009 (the leader of the council of scholars) rejects Equality's light bulb invention can be are: first, Equality is a street sweeper; second, the invention would "lighten toil" (74); third, it would ruin the department of candles; and finally, the department of candles cannot "be destroyed by the whim of one" (73). To address the first issue, Equality's social status is important because he's not supposed to think or to do anything outside of street sweeping; therefore, they shouldn't be listening to him anyway. Next, Equality argues that electricity would help to improve the society by lightening man's toil and labor. That idea is against their philosophy that work is the way to remain collective, so it was discarded immediately. Then, the department of candles took 50 years to be approved by everyone in the society, so getting rid of it because one person says so is not logical to them. All decisions need to be made by everyone in order to keep the collectivist society working in the "right" way.


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