The Power of the Dictator in Anthem by Ayn Rand
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The dictator determines every persons occupation, thoughts, living arrangements, and even their ego. This environment of people are brainwashed to believe that every human is equal. They are prohibited to refer to themselves as "I" or "me." Instead, they refer themselves as "we," because individuality is completely nonexistent. The reader perceives that there is logical reasoning behind the way the dictatorial leaders conduct this societies cruel living arrangements. After a child is born in Anthem, the child resides at the Home of the Infants where the child is raised "properly" by government officals. If the government allowed a child live with their parents, their parents have the opportunity to teach their own philosophies to the child. Under those circumstances, each child will be raised differently than another. If every child is cared for by the same person, they will all be equally disciplined and treated the same way. This reasonably explains why the dictatorial leaders would not allow a child to be raised by their birth parents. In the short novella, the dictatorial leaders forbid people to develop emotions and relationships with one another. This society suggests that it is a sin to prefer one person over another, also known as the Transgression of Preference. The totalilarian government restricts people from experiencing family, friend, and romantic…
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As one reads Ayn Rand’s significant quotes from the story of anthem, there is always a main theme that is trying to escape, just as Prometheus escaped in her story. All three of the listed quotes work as a trio to sing that We; as society, works to defeat individuality. The quotes emphasize that we cannot survive without individualism and being alone brings out our unique personalities. It is true that all the quotes work as one, but at the same time they have their own individualism. Each quote holds a purpose of its own and the author wants to express the quote to each persons understanding.
Rand’s quote, “The word ‘We’… crushes all beneath it, and that which is…show more content…
When he makes himself happy he feels as if he has completed his mission in life. “My happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end.” This quote is Prometheus’ statement to society that he does not care about making everyone better, but that he cares for each person to individually improve themselves. Prometheus wants every person to find the happiness within themselves.
“I think. I am. I will.” A quote by Ayn Rand that is similar to Rene Descartes quote, “I think therefore I am.” This quote tells society that Prometheus can do anything by himself. He does not need the “we” of society to complete a task. Prometheus can think independently and wants to express himself as one individual. “I will,” illustrates that he will and can do anything. Prometheus believes, just as Rene Descartes does, that if he can think by himself, he is able to live by himself. As he is alone he is thinking by himself, therefore he is alive and able to express himself as he truly is.
The main quotes of Anthem were written with a real purpose. Ayn Rand had the mission to write these significant quotes so that each person would make their own meaning out of them. Rand longed for someone to allow their individualism to bring these quotes to life with these quotes, do not listen to what theme society has placed