Anthem is an outstanding introduction to Ayn Rand

Anthem is an outstanding introduction to Ayn Rand - Anthem...

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Unformatted text preview: Anthem is an outstanding introduction to Ayn Rand's philosophy of human nature. The novella's theme and central conflict the individual versus the collective occurs in all her novels and is an important element of her moral and political philosophy. The story of Anthem takes place in an unnamed Communist- or Fascist-like dictatorship of the future, where an individual has no rights, existing solely to serve the state. The hero, Equality 7-2521, is a brilliant young man who yearns to be a scientist, but who is commanded to be a Street Sweeper by a government that fears his independence of mind. The citizens of this society are pawns without rights who exist as wards of the state. They are born in state-controlled hospitals, raised in state-controlled nurseries, educated in state-controlled schools, toil at state-assigned jobs, and sleep in massive barracks organized by the state. Citizens have no toil at state-assigned jobs, and sleep in massive barracks organized by the state....
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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