Anthem And Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Activity 1 One charge of imaginative literature is to give us insight into the world around us, fellow human beings, and ourselves. The novels Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 both hold examples of a world in which people are striped of their individuality. In one sense these novels can be seen as a utopia gone bad. For thought being striped of your individuality is now looked upon as a negative it was meant so that there would be more unity among the people. In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand, the society depicted is a collective society. In this type of society a person is subjugated to their group whether it be to a race, class or state. In this society the individual is owned by the group and has no right to a private existence, which means no right to lead his own life, pursue his own happiness or use his own property.People were not given names but yet they were labeled. The main character who is labeled "Equality 7-2521 is far more gifted then his peers. Those who control the society (the world council) see this as a threat and give him the job of "street sweeper". In the novel one follows " Equality 7-2521's" struggle to become an individual. His happiness is not satisfied when he must share it universally with all men. Not every man can be as happy as the next, so for that it is wrong to lessen the happiness of one who is successful so to match the spirit of his peer. But this did not hold true in the world of "equality 7-2521" for an individual exists only as part of a group, and their worth is measured by their service to the group. That explains the meaning behind the reason why people are not to be looked upon in the first person but instead must hold title "We" instead of "I". When "Equality 7-2521" was a child, he was taught to recite a pledge which states "we are nothing, mankind is all, by the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. "We exist through by, and for our brothers who are the state. Amen"....

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