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whats the authors purpose in the book anthem  

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Posted December 23, 2011 at 5:26 AM via web

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amerie | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 24, 2011 at 3:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Ayn Rand's purpose is the individual's discovery of the ego, or self.  The dystopia into which the main character is born and raised completely strips its citizens of any sense of independence, going so far as to assign them numbers rather than names.  This type of community also parallels the communist society which Rand was familiar with from her childhood, and which she hated very much.  Thus the main character commits a series of rebellions, falls in love, relocates to the "uncharted territory" and finally finds the word which has been escaping him his whole life:  I.  The Ego.

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