The story Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a man named Equality 7-2521 and how in his society ever man is equal. Right away there was something different about him. He was not like his other brothers. Throughout the story Equality realizes that it is okay to be different and that there is no such this as everyone being equal.
I think the book was very interesting in all aspects of writing, especially the grammar. When Ayn Rand uses “we” instead of “I” to indicate one person it can get a little confusing. However, the more you read, the easier it is to understand why she wrote the book in this way.
To go along with the “I” and “we” concept, it makes the reader understand why everyone is considered equal in that society. The story is resembling a communist society where everyone is equal and no one human is greater than another. Using “we” shows that whatever someone does it is not just that person, all men are involved. This is how the book dealt with the theme of the individual vs the collective.
“My philosophy is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute truth.” Ayn Rand.
In Anthem Equality 7-2521 realizes his differences and he is a heroic being who held his happiness and achievements as the greatest purpose in his life, beyond that of any responsibility the collective may have forced upon him.
For example, in the text it says, “We seized our box, we shoved them aside, and we ran to the window…We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. Then we ran.” This shows when Equality holds onto his achievements and decided to keep his creation for himself, since no one else wanted it. He choose the individual over the collective which is a heroic thing to do in this type of society.
Another example is that, in the text it states, “We made it.We created it. We brought it forth from the night of the ages. We alone. Our hands. Our mind. Ours alone and only.” This is when he finished his creation before showing it to the Council of Scholars. Equality holds onto his happiness of creating a things that can benefit mean men. Even though it is forbidden to sneak away into his tunnel it is still his happiness that over ruled the collective society.
What Anthem Taught me-
Anthem has taught me to be myself and go for what I believe in no matter how hard, how unusual, or how many people will try and tear me down. It makes me believe that I can have my own hero’s journey story about my life and what I have been though to overcome certain obstacles.
I could see myself acting as Equality and Liberty did. I would not want to live in a world where even my own personal thoughts were considered sinful. I like freedom to be how I am and do things on my own. I do believe everyone is different in their own way and that’s why we are here in life.
I probably would have done the same thing and Equality and Liberty did. I do not think I have done anything considered to be a journey like this yet,but maybe in the future it could happen.
In this situation I probably would not have held back much. I can see why it is hard to leave something you have known you whole life, but it gets to a point where things need to change.