Analysis Of Child Raising In Anthem By By Ayn Rand

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Why Do Totalitarian Leaders Force Children To Live
Away From Their Families?


Anthem, the powerful and outstanding novella by Ayn Rand, focuses on a totalitarian society where individualism is punished by the leaders, and hard work is overlooked. The people are not allowed to think of themselves, or to pursue their goals. Families are forbidden. When babies are born, they are immediately taken from their parents and put into a House of Infants, where they are taught the values of society. They will never get to know who their families are. The society is led by a group of people who strictly enforce these values. In many of the fictionalized and real totalitarian societies ...view middle of the document...

What they learn and read are two things that the dictator has control over. Anyone who does not want this control is eliminated because they will cause a problem. Children have very impressionable minds and learn rules and values quickly. Taking the children away from their parents ensures that they will not be taught the opposite of what the dictator wants. If they are left with their parents, they will be taught based on their parents' knowledge. When they learn these things, it will be harder for the dictator to exercise control over the people.

Individualism is a doctrine stating that the belief and the needs of each person are more important than the needs of the whole society of the group. Ayn Rand expresses this concept arduously in Anthem, especially towards the end of the book when Equality discovers his individuality and finds the meaning of the word “I”. This pronoun could not be used when he was in the society because it brings individualism back. In regular societies, many parents raise their children to think of themselves, and to...

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