Control In Anthem By Ayn Rand

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Throughout history dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini and Kim Jong-Iland have used fear to manipulate thousands, if not millions, of people. Anthem by Ayn Rand explores a dystopian world where man is completely controlled. He complies to every order and demand without hesitation and is wholly satisfied with the way life is because it is all he knows. It is said to fully dominate a man, dictators must not only enslave his body but also destroy his mind. The manipulation in Anthem is far past fear alone; the leaders in Anthem also strip individuals of their identities, turn people into “robots” and leave the population naïve.

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They are given their tasks and objectives that they must meet, and they accept them, no questions asked. They know and obey all the laws that govern the people and place the “good” of all over what’s best for each individual person. They know not to question or disagree with their orders, as there are severe consequences to those who do. They have no sense of what’s right and wrong morally; they only know what law accepts. “Everything which is not permitted by law is forbidden” (Rand, 31). The leaders of Anthem desensitized the population and made them believe that anyone who was different was a traitor and deserved punishment. They believed whipping and other severe forms of discipline were justified and for the greater good. For example, when Equality 7-2521 breaks curfew and refuses to tell where he’s been, his brothers believe he deserves to be lashed, as he is being selfish in his secrecy. Humans are being programmed to follow each other and do as they are told, those who have not lost the instinct to be different are mainly too frightened to do anything as they know the consequences are severe.

“It is a sin to think words no others think and put them on a paper no others are to see” (Rand, 17). Knowledge is power and to control a population, the population must be weak. The leaders in Anthem ensure this by leaving the population uninformed. The people are...

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