Anthem- Totalitarian Society

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In a harsh world of collectivism and control, it is hard to stand out. The people, restricted with so many laws, are not even able to say the word “I.” This is the place Equality 7-2521 calls home. Ayn Rand’s incredible novella Anthem describes one man’s journey and emancipation from a totalitarian society. Equality 7-2521’s whole life has been dictated by the pronoun “we.” In a community where individualism is banned, Equality 7-2521 is forced to believe his preferential thoughts and thirst for knowledge is a curse. When he cannot take the persecution and controlling leaders anymore, Equality 7-2521 gets the courage to reject his collective society to pursue his own life. The tyrants who lead this community endlessly try to control the bodies and minds of their citizens. The residents are taught from early childhood of their worthlessness, the leaders control every aspect of the citizens’ lives, and the people are forced to endure harsh punishment for petty crimes. The thought of collectivism is planted by these tyrants in the minds of young children. From the beginning of their lives, children are taught to act for the good of the society. They are told by teachers and caretakers about the importance of brotherhood. Any child who thinks for himself, favors a person or object, or even asks too many questions gets scolded. Since individualism is frowned upon in this community, all children, from a young age, are forced to repeat an anthem every night. Raising one arm, Equality 7-2521 and his classmates recite, “We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist though, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen.” (21). Once they repeat this anthem every day, the children actually start to believe it. Through intense brainwashing, the tyrants leading the society start to teach the residents at a young age about
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