In what ways is "I" like a god in chapter 11?


Anthem, Ayn Rand

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Equality 7-2521 goes from being a part of the collective whole, where he has no ownership over his thoughts, emotions and will to becoming an individual and we see that transformation reach its climax in Chapter XI. It isn't until he is in the cabin in the Unchartered Forest, exposed to the literature from the Unmentionable Times, that he begins to use the word "I" as a personal possessive pronoun stating, "I am the meaning." Rand uses this word to show that we, humans, idolize our selves above all others, and Equality 7-2521 states that "it is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect." This shows that he will listen to no others, serve no one else, befriend no one, unless he deems his will be done.

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