In Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, why do men only reach the age 45?

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In chapter one of Rand'sAnthem, most of the society's structure is laid out for the reader by the main character. It is interesting that the Home of the Useless is for those who are tired at age 40 and that only the more fortunate live there until 45. Nothing more is said about the reasons why this is. Does the government euthanize people after 45 or are people really that exhausted that they simply keel over at that time? Those questions are left open-ended for the reader to imagine because Equality's story never ventures into that area of society. For a society like the one depicted in the novel, however, one could argue that population control was important to them and upholding such a societal structure.

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