As the book progresses a new view point begins to develop, one of rebellion and ambition. Equality 7-2521 is no longer willing to live the life that was dictated to him. He wanted to be a scholar. As the narrator states, “Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me; the guiding star and the lodestone which point the way. They point in but one direction. They point to me.” (pg. 95) He is expressing the final realization that no one should tell him who he is or where
he belonged. He was a human being, and an individual entitled to think for himself. It is here that the uniform and controlled theme of the book opens up to a new world that was once the old. When and where do we see free will of the lack there of?Free will is something all humans are born with, it is something that gives us an edge, an advantage over many obstacles. The book Anthem by Ayn Rand is a book detailing a world in which all free will is taken away, where individuality is inexistent.“It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own.” This is implying people don’t have free thought, the inability of personal knowledge, and no individuality.Equality 7-2521 sees his society like a prison of the mind.Cont. “We opened our eyes, lying on our stomach on the brick floor of a cell. We looked upon two hands lying far before us on the bricks, and we moved them, and we knew that they were our hands.” The prison of the mind, has now taken a physical form.“I am. I think. I will.” This expresses the simple fact the human will cannot be suppressed forever. It shows that he is an individual, and he finally knows it.
In conclusion, this story depicts life in a world where individuality is taken away and free will is silenced from the mind of the masses.
- Fall '13
- Anthem (Book), Thought, pg, two hands, new view point