Ayn Rand And Anthem Essay

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In the book Anthem, individualism is taken away from a society and people put other peoples needs before their own; but this all changes when a man, Equality, realizes that he is alive to please only himself and no-one else. Equality, no longer caring about “we” and more “I”, realizes that he can be much happier if he puts his own self-interest first. Through this book, Ayn Rand shows the importance of objectivism and living for oneself.
 Alisa Rosenbaum, a Russian-American writer and philosopher, was born on February 2, 1905. Throughout childhood, Alisa rejected religion and in her early teens she declared she was an atheist. She lived in St. Petersburg, Russia until 1917, when the ...view middle of the document...

The time period she grew up in was, however, shown through her book Anthem. Although the timeline of the book was in the future where everything was set backwards, the book still showed some of the time period she had grown up in. The society of Anthem, greatly resembles a possibility of what could happen if communism had taken over. In this society, everyone is treated equally, and this ‘council’ controls everything. In a communist society, everyone works, everyone is paid the same, the government owns everything, and they also decide what is fair. These two societies greatly resemble each other.
A big theme in the book Anthem, is objectivism. Other people believed that people must put their own interest aside to help others, but objectivism is based selfishness and self-interest. Through objectivism, selfishness is a virtue (Objectivism). Rand believed that self-interest is what makes people happy. Rand explained this idea furthermore by saying, “Man must choose his actions, values and goals by the standard of that which is proper to man-in order to achieve, maintain, fulfill and enjoy that ultimate value, that end in itself, which is his own life.” Objectivism’s advice is to face the facts at all times no matter if it if the result is pleasant or unpleasant. In Rand’s view,...

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