Ayn Rand Anthem Essay

1246 Words Oct 13th, 2012 5 Pages
Ayn Rand’s Anthem discusses many controversial ideas throughout the book. Often times the ideas shown are extreme examples and often polar opposites. Most often the ideas used by Rand can be perceived as one is completely bad and the other good. One of the best examples of this is the extremes of caring only for the whole and the opposite of caring only for the self. Rand has extreme ideas of both of these and expresses them often in Anthem. These two ideas are the backbone for the whole story and deliver the main message Rand wanted to express.
Ayn Rand constructed “a philosophy for living on earth” (Ayn Rand, 111) to abide by based on her own opinions she had formulated since living in a communist society and coming to the West. She
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Each man’s individual happiness is his own highest purpose in life.
After reading of Ayn’s opinion of the epitome of bad ways to live, her opinion of perfection comes out in Anthem. When Equality 7-2521 discovers the house in the clearing of the Uncharted Forest and begins reading the books in the library he discovers a lost way of living that is completely opposite of what he had previously known. He discovers the self. Rand then begins to express her philosophy of objectivism through Equality 7-2521. He explains that the self is the only one to live for, and that men should only speak of the whole if he so chooses. Equality 7-2521 explains that “we” “is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, [and] by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages” (97). This is one example of Rand’s extreme opinions being expressed very blatantly in Anthem. This opinion of Rand’s, that everybody should think only of himself, is good in moderation because of the fact if everybody thought only of the good of the whole there would be no individualism and advancements would slow considerably because of lack of competition between others, but it is flawed in that if everybody took this philosophy to heart there would be no life as we know it. Certain things such as raising children takes sacrifices and these would not be made if man thought only

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