The Village & Anthem

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Anthem / The Village There are two sides to everything; both good and bad. Utopia represents the peak of pleasure which comes in a form of an ideal state, a paradise, a land of enchantment, a place where everything can be superbly excellent as you desire. And there is Dystopia, the most dreadful place one can picture, a society where conditions of life are miserable or freedom is vanished, characterized by human misery, scarcity, mysteries, authoritarianism, oppression, violence, pollution, or sickness. Dystopian influence can be seen in various movies and books that have gained wide popularity from its illusory and appealing concept. Two good examples of a dystopian society are the novella “Anthem” by Ayn Rand and the film “The Village” written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Both depict a dystopian society where people live with fear from little knowledge about the outside world. Both societies are undeveloped and controlled by a code that all believes to be true. But there are always people that still question the system and try to break free to find the true answers. Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella written by Ayn Rand, first published in 1938. Anthem is a story of a man by the name Prometheus. Prometheus struggles to be free from a society where no individualism is acceptable. All men must be the same and must live for the common good of all. But by human nature he strived to gain all the knowledge that one could possibly attain. With his wisdom he discovers the power of electricity which has long been lost from civilization. Prometheus with benevolence desires to share his innovation and improve the world but Prometheus is expelled from his society for being superior to others. However, he realizes how living as a free man creates more contentment. He gains his freedom of individuality, knowledge of the lost world and the ability to understand,
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