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Ayn Rand

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Equality 7-2521, Chapter 7 et us flood our cities with light! Let us bring new light to men! Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica,Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. The Color White Stands for theuniformity that preventspersonal expression Light Symbolizes knowledge and the imperishability of the human spirit Fire Represents bothdestruction and the hopefor a better future Symbols Equality 7-2521 Young, misfit street sweeper yearning to be a scholar; renames himself Prometheus and reclaims his personal identity Liberty 5-3000 Young, gorgeous field laborer; follows Equality 7-2521 into exile and pledges her love for him; takes the name Gaea The Councils Oppressive, evil leaders; plunged the world into a second dark age; decide all laws by consensus and erased the word “I” Main Characters After leaving communist Soviet Union in 1926 for capitalist United States, Rand began to develop her individualistic philosophy of Objectivism in fiction. In Anthem’s Equality 7-2521, Rand introduces an early prototype of her most famous individualist hero—John Galt from Atlas Shrugged (1957). AYN RAND1905–82 Author Because of his strong will, Equality 7-2521 is able to make his own choices. Free Will A group becomes a monster if it suppresses individual desires and happiness. Collective vs. Individual When minds are chained to the weakest among them, progress stagnates. Ineptitude of Evil Born into a oppressive collectivist society, Equality 7-2521 has always been too bright to fit in. When he discovers electric light on his own, his attempt to share it with his fellows leads to exile. He realizes he was not meant to live to serve others but to follow his own heart. A Light toShow the WayForward THEMES English Original Language 1938 Year Published Ayn Rand Author Anthem Dystopian Novella

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