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Firstly, Equality’s invention was rejected because he had flouted all the laws. He has defied the street sweeper role assigned to him by the Council of Vocations and decided to venture into matters...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2015, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Ayn Rand's Anthem is a dystopian novella, which means it addresses the dehumanization of mankind usually by some kind of totalitarian government. That is true for this work as can be seen by the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012, 3:36 am (UTC)

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The narrator of Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is also known as Equality 7-2521, and he lives in a world in which there is little joy and certainly no creativity. The men live separately from the women, and...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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When he and the Golden One escape their society, Equality 7-2521 realizes he is an individual. His abandoning of his number and adopting the name Prometheus symbolizes this change. An example that...

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The Unmentionable Times in Ayn Rand's Anthem refer to the times that occurred before the Great Rebirth. Readers can realize that the Unmentionable Times refer to our modern world, particularly the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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The major point of this society's existence is for all men to work for the benefit of all mankind. Work-this doesn't mean to play or to relax. Every minute of a person's life in the society in...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2013, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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Fear is the most prevalent emotion in the society depicted in Anthem because Ayn Rand wants to point out the many flaws of any kind of collectivist society, which is a society that puts the needs...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Doing or thinking anything by oneself without government permission is among the gravest of transgressions in the extreme collectivist society conjured by Ayn Rand in Anthem. Thinking one's own...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2018, 1:25 am (UTC)

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Rand uses a simile in Chapter 2 when Equality says, "The fields are black and ploughed, and they lie like a great fan before us, with their furrows gathered in some hand beyond the sky, spreading...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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Equality lives in a society that places the highest importance on everyone being equal; hence the irony of his name, because he does not want to be equal deep down inside. He does his best to...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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Simile: an example of figurative language in which a comparison is made between two different things using "like" or "as." Equality 7-2521 uses similes to describe The Golden One. Given that he...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2015, 3:53 am (UTC)

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"Anthem (1938) is a science fiction novelette of a future primitive society in which the word "I" is forbidden. Rand's point in this work is that the individualism which had built a complex...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2009, 11:35 am (UTC)

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Anthem takes place in the future, but this 1937 work is a commentary on Ayn Rand's contemporary world of the first third of the twentieth century. It reflects her opinion of the Soviet society that...

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Another allusion in the novel Anthem is seen with Liberty, the girl Equality finds in the woods upon his escape from the society. He first meets Liberty as she is spreading seeds in a field while...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Equality 7-2521's growth in knowledge and embrace of individual talents and gifts is symbolized by his movement toward light. When he begins to think for himself, he invents, or reinvents, the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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For four years, Equality 7-2521 works as a street sweeper. His day begins when the bell rings at the Home of the Street Sweepers. He has half an hour to dress and then to eat breakfast at one of...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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The society in Anthem obliterates the individual mind and self through a number of ways; It outlaws solitude and proclaims that solidarity is the cause of all evil. In fact, the society believes...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2015, 5:49 am (UTC)

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Moreover, Equality is taller than the others, physically symbolizing difference which is not allowed in the dystopian society. I think the intent of the council is more to relegate him to a...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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Prisoners never try to escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention because none of them dare defy the authorities by planning to evade their fate. This is despite the fact that the locks to the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2015, 7:57 am (UTC)

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Quite simply, in the book, Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, the Saint of the Pyre is trying to communicate the banned word "I." Of course, uttering the word "I" is punishable by imminent death in the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2015, 3:02 am (UTC)

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As the other answers have noted, Rand does not use much taste or smell imagery in this novel. Like most authors in our primarily visual culture, she relies on images we can see in our mind's eye....

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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Situational irony occurs when events turn out the opposite of the way they were expected. The central irony that run through this dystopian society is that its most important organizing principle,...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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The protagonist for Ayn Rand's Anthem is named Equality 7-2521 and the first physical character trait that he points out is the fact that he is six-feet tall. His teachers and leaders have told him...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 2:55 am (UTC)

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The main character in Rand's Anthem is named Equality 7-2521 and he lives in a community that has brain-washed everyone into believing that man must live for the community and not for himself. The...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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Verbal irony is when a speaker says something that's the opposite of what is intended. It can be intentional, as when a friend who hates my hat says, "Nice hat!" It can also be intentional on the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016, 3:45 am (UTC)

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Euphemism: This is the use of pleasant or inoffensive wording to describe something unpleasant. The initial members of the council who developed their society found nice names for even unpleasant...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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Equality 7-2521 is an independent thinker who researches whatever information he can get his hands on. At one point, Equality is thinking about the Unmentionable Times and the wars he has heard...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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The Council of Vocations is a group of men who decide where each person will work when they come of age (18 years old). Each person must go to that job until s/he is about forty years old, at which...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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All of the characters have names which convey unity and collectivity. The society of this novella is a dystopia in which all forms of individuality have been purposefully erased or forgotten. Even...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2011, 11:51 am (UTC)

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In Anthem, Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 have to cope with the problem of being trapped in a dystopic world that denies people their individuality in favor of rigid conformity. Because nobody...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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Some motifs that are found in Anthem by Ayn Rand are Fear, Uniformity, and Naming. Fear In many ways control over the society is exerted by the presence of fear. The Street Sweepers with whom...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2015, 7:10 am (UTC)

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Just like many other authors, Ayn Rand uses color to suggest to the mind images for the reader to understand. There are colors that are associated with seasons, for example. If an author describes...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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The Uncharted Forest in Ayn Rand’s Anthem can be interpreted in multiple ways, but a primary symbolic meaning directly relates to the growth of the individual. Since the city in Anthem is composed...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018, 12:04 am (UTC)

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Equality 7-2521, was sent to the Palace of Corrective Detention because he refused to tell the Council of the Home about the Tunnel when it was discovered that he had gone somewhere alone and that...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2011, 1:56 am (UTC)

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Chapter two is where the story is found about the evil ones discussed in Ayn Rand's Anthem. Equality, the main character, discloses the history of a war that happened many years before the current...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2013, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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One of the allusions used by Ayn Rand in the Anthem is "Saint of the pyre." It is used with reference to those who had understood the concept of a self identity and attempted to enlighten others by...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2011, 12:05 am (UTC)

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In Ayn Rand's philosophy, the greatest evils are the suppression of individuality and the requirement by society that a person subordinate his own will to that of others. The dystopia of Anthem...

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In a charged moment in the novella, Equality 7-2521 breaks the rules of his society to tell Liberty 5-3000, a young woman he privately names the Golden One, that she is beautiful. In saying this,...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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Ayn Rand puts simple diction in the mouth of her narrator, Equality. He also frequently uses repetition. This reflects the simplistic education of the collectivist society in which he has grown up...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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Equality 7-2521 is brave and intelligent. He stole a candle so that he could work in the tunnel at night, despite the heavy sentence that such a transgression carries; this displays his courage, as...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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The opening words to Anthem by Ayn Rand reveal the overwhelming effects of a lack of individuality. "It is a sin to write this..." allows the reader a glimpse of the world in which Equality 7-2521...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2015, 9:35 am (UTC)

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In chapters 8 and 9, Equality 7-2521 begins his sojourn in the forest. Being alone in nature is a new experience, and at first (in chapter 8) he luxuriates in its wonders. He comes to a new...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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The use of "we," or first person plural, can be quite a confusing thing to understand when first reading Ayn Rand's Anthem. The society in which Equality (the main character) lives has eliminated...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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The Council has intentional and what could be called "sinister" motives in assigning Equality 7-2521 to be a street sweeper. He is very intelligent and seeks out knowledge on his own, stealing...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Anthem has religious denotations as a choral work or part of a prayer service, although a more prevalent usage of the word finds it in combination with the word national. The national anthem of a...

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One literary device used in Chapter 2 is that of flashback. Equality 7-2521 actually speaks to Liberty 5-3000, but he also takes us back, in flashback, to the first time he noticed her: Equality...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2011, 5:32 am (UTC)

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Anthem, like all of Ayn Rand's books, is as much a theoretical essay expressing her ideological claims as a novel. In this book, the character Equality 7-2521 is a classic Rand superman, living in...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015, 1:20 am (UTC)

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One of the reasons why fear is the prevalent emotion of the society that Rand depicts in Anthem is because of its collective nature. Rand depicts a world where the collective vision must supplant...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2014, 12:16 am (UTC)

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Equality 7-2521 is intelligent, independent, passionate, and stubborn. He stands out from others in every way. Equality 7-2521 speaks in the third person, but he is neither royalty nor crazy. He...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2014, 5:58 pm (UTC)

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The Uncharted Forest is an instance of a motif that recurs in dystopian literature, representing a forbidden place to which the protagonist is drawn as a symbol of the elements missing from, or...

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