Kaylee Mazur, Traci Spaeth, Zenon Zorij, Hailey Clouse Ego and Allusions Ego Definition : The “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and objects of its thoughts. Ego is being defined within “Anthem” by the following quote: “The word which can never die on this earth, for it is the heart of it, and the meaning and the glory. The sacred word: EGO.”(pg.105) This quote reflects upon the definition above (Ego). Without ego there would be no uniqueness among individuals. In the beginning of the novel we see the people are all considered the same. No one is allowed to stand out amongst everyone else; that is considered a sin. It meant that they had independence, which was frowned upon. The main character discovers this word again later on in the novel and realizes that this is what he was missing all of his life, a feeling of independence and freedom. This goes against everything he was taught. “I am. I think. I will.” (pg. 94) This quote shows the breaking a way from the word “we”. Within the novel the population is not considered as a group of individuals. Again, the main character has discovered the significance of the word “I”. “I” signifies a single self and someone who can make their own decisions and live their life as they wish. “ My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.” (pg. 95) This quote is telling us as readers that one must have an ego to feel true happiness and having happiness is the main goal. One must live their own life separate from another. They must have their own thoughts and feelings as well. That is what makes you, you. In order for this happiness to be found
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