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Unformatted text preview: One of the most striking features of Anthem is its use of language, especially the absence of the word &quot;I.&quot; Characters refer to themselves using the first person plural &quot;we&quot; and not the first person singular &quot;I.&quot; This use of language is often confusing, but must be understood if the book's meaning is to be clear. The use of the plural rather than the singular self-reference, goes to the heart of the book's meaning. The collectivist society in which Equality 7-2521 lives is similar to the Nazi and Communist states of the twentieth century. The rulers of this society do not permit any individual to think freely; all must subordinate themselves to the state. &quot;Collectivism,&quot; Ayn Rand notes, &quot;means the subjugation of the individual to the group whether to a race, class or state does not matter.&quot; Under such conditions, a person is not regarded as an autonomous individual with a life of his or her own, but as a fragment of...
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- Fall '08
- Anthem (Book)