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Analysis Of Ayn Rand´S Novel: Anthem

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Anthem is a book about a society that is ruled by few and has very limited individualism and freedom of self-expression. The society is split into ‘jobs’ that designate what each person will do the whole rest of their life. According to the group you are designated to be in that will be the only people you will communicate with for the rest of your life. This means the community lacks in social skills and communication throughout groups. This shows that the leaders of the communities have supreme control over the community and organize everything in the order that supports their interests and themselves best. Speaking to other people out of a persons work force was not allowed so equality had to stand out to try new things. First, he discovers electricity and what it can do because he wanted to change the community and how it worked so he ventured out to find something new. Next, he shows the scholars of the community because he wanted to change the community into a new community with his discovery of electricity. The community in the book does not know of any modern technology and they should not unless they want to.
The secrets of earth are not for all the men in the community as Prometheus states, but those who seek the mysteries of the earth deserve to learn of their mystical features. Equality discovers electricity because he ventures out to change the community because he wants to be different and because he wants to prove to the scholars that he has the ability to be part of their group. Equality is one the first in his community to venture out and be different ever since birth. Equality has always looked and acted different leading himself into a more individualized approach on society than the conventional group outlook as it is proscribed in Anthem. Equality puts in the extra effort to discover electricity and harness its unknown powers. He goes down to the underground tunnel and conducts his own experiments with electricity to the point where he creates or recreates the light bulb and the oven. This is very unrealistic in his community because in their society everyone is taught from a young age that they should count everyone together before themselves leaving out the ideas of individual freedom in a society like the times before the society came to what it is now in the book.
Equality decides to bring the glass box to the council of scholars because he wants to change and evolve the community into a new realm of technology like it used to be like. A second reason for him to show his discoveries to the council of scholars is because he wanted to be scholar himself, but instead he is...

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