4. Contrast Equality’s view of morality at this point in the novel with that of his society. Define the key characteristics in both views. (If you are at all uncertain of what “morality” means – look it up!)
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5. At first glance, most characters in Anthem appear to be near-automatons, blindly conforming to the rest of society. Upon closer study, however, we see that all of the characters in Anthem—Equality,International, Liberty, the Council members, everyone—make choices and decisions that affect their lives and their futures, for better or for worse. In short, they all possess the choice to think or not, and that choice determines everything else. Discuss this interpretation and philosophical understanding of choice and free will. Do you agree or disagree as a group? 6. Many people blame their hardships, poverty or unhappiness on external conditions. “It’s not my fault,” they cry, “it’s because of the family, class, race, society or culture into which I was born!” They believe that outside factors control and determine their lives. Use Equality as an example to prove this deterministic view of man wrong. Then, discuss if you agree or disagree with this idea of self-determination.
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