Anthem Essay

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Anthem by Ayn Rand ventures to depict an extreme version of a collectivist society. One of the main characters is Equality 7-2521, or Prometheus. He is a rebel who goes against the government in order to learn and discover on his own. The government of Anthem resembles collectivism by having no one distinguished by an actual name, but by numbers, and they train the people to show complete respect for their dictatorial leaders. Dictatorial leaders want children to live apart from their families so that children only learn what the government wants them to learn.
Children are very moldable because they don’t know anything; therefore, they rely on someone to teach them. Dictatorial leaders are very smart. They know that children will believe what they are told. Consequently, dictators often take children away from their families at a young age to raise them how they want. If children are left at home, the dictators run the risk of the children learning ‘unnecessary’ or unwanted information. However, when the children are being taught by governmentally run teachers, the government can more easily ensure that the children are learning want they want them to learn. Dictatorial leaders want control over everything, including children’s minds.
Dictatorial leaders want everyone to love them. They don’t get into power by appearing as a greedy dictator, but as an inventive patriot that wants the best for their people and nation. As adults, people can more easily realize the corruptness of government. Dictatorial leaders don’t want to risk the parents/families of realizing the government/leaders corrupt nature and teaching that to their children. Therefore, the two are separated. In government-organized schools the children are taught loyalty to, love for, and respect towards the government and the leaders of their society. They are taught not to question orders, but to obey them without question- to be good citizens. They learn not to question orders to the extent that they will mate with anyone they are assigned to without thinking. Plus, the government mates them in such a way that averageness is encouraged; they mate beautiful with ugly, tall with short, and so on. Also, children naturally learn to love those that care for them and love them back. In that case, the government doesn’t want families to even be an option in society because they would risk the children learning to love, respect, and be loyal to their families not the government. However, in a government-run school the adults can teach the children that the government is their family that cares for their well-being and health. The government wants their success and loyalty, and when the government fails to get their loyalty, consequences result. Every family punishes their...

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