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Individualism in "Anthem" by Ayn Rand - Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is a very unique novel. It encircles individualism and makes the reader think of how people can conform to society and do as they are told without knowing the consequences and results of their decisions. Also, it teaches the importance of self expression and the freedom that comes along with being your own person and having the power to choose what path to take in life. Figurative language is used often in this book and in a variety of quotes that have great importance to the theme, plot, and conflict of the novel....   [tags: Anthem, Ayn Rand, ] 814 words
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Anthem by Ayn Rand Essay - By binding a man’s body, his physical actions are limited and therefore he is now submissive and physically harmless. However, the man’s mind is still free and can still disperse his ideas and opinions into influencing others; similar to currents flying through electric wires, these ideas will spread like fire and soon large flocks of individuals will be swayed into different opinions. As these opinions gather, a powerful thought can form-the concept of questioning authority and stepping outside the conformity of society....   [tags: Anthem, Ayn Rand] 916 words
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Ethical Egoism: The Problem with Ayn Rand - Ayn Rand’s controversial views and opinions on ethical egoism have paved the way in liberating and absolving society’s conservative elite from feeling guilt or compassion towards those who are less fortunate in society - including those from the middle-class, the working poor and minorities. Though Rand penned her theory decades ago, her brand of ethical egoism is still touted as gospel by some politicians and those in the upper echelons of society, creating gridlock in the government and a deep division among the classes....   [tags: Ayn Rand, Author, Literary Analysis]
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Ayn Rand's Anthem: Collectivism in America - The word collectivism often makes people cringe. Overall, there is a general fear of not being able to make personal decisions in America. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, collectivism can be defined as; emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity (“Collectivism”). In Anthem, Ayn Rand describes an extreme collectivist society. Although Anthem’s society seems extremely surreal, aspects of its collectivist society closely mirror today’s society. By its use of majority rule, America’s democracy models a collectivist society....   [tags: collectivist society, Anthem, Ayn Rand]
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Equality 7-2521 in Anthem - Ayn Rand - In the book Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 had never seen his physical appearance. He was surprised seeing such a strong individual staring at him. One day after escaping into the woods, he finally met himself at a flowing stream and gained new confidence. This was an essential part to the theme of "Anthem." This shows how Equality finally found himself as an "I" in order to help others see themselves as an "I." This is an important part of "Anthem" since it reveals Equality 7-2521's determination, bravery, and development as a person....   [tags: Ayn Rand] 967 words
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Having Your Vocation Chosen for You in "Anthem" by Ayn Rand - Standing before the Council of Vocations, Equality 7-2521 waited patiently to hear what would become of his future. With all the jobs the council had to offer, there was only one that Equality 7-2521 dreamed to be. He wanted to be a Scholar. When the Council of Vocations told Equality his future, “ A finger of the hand of the oldest rose, pointed to us, and fell down again. This was the only thing which moved, for the lips of the oldest did not move as they said: ‘Street Sweeper’.” (Rand 26). The Council of Vocations assigned Equality the job of Street Sweeper not because that was his full potential, but because of the potential he had to change the way their society lived....   [tags: career, Anthem, Ayn Rand,] 748 words
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Ayn Rand's Anthem - Ayn Rand's Anthem      In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand there are many themes. These themes include love, desire, equality, freedom, and individuality. Most of these themes are all shown by the majority of the characters in the book, especially Equality 7-2521. One can see that the themes of love and individuality are very important in the novel. The theme of love is shown between Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000. The theme of individuality is shown by Equality 7-2521.      Anthem is a novel about a man, Equality 7-2521, who went against the laws to make his own individual choices, to gain knowledge, and to love the woman of his choice....   [tags: Ayn Rand Anthem Essays] 823 words
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Heroism in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - Heroism in The Fountainhead       The Fountainhead is a story about heroism. The novel is a triumphant cry of protest against all those who insist that life is about mediocrity. That man is destined to suffer. The greatness of The Fountainhead lies in its ability to inspire hope and confidence in its readers, to show how much is possible. For more than fifty years now, people all over the world have been looking towards this great book for support and sanction, for encouragement and hope, for ideas and answers....   [tags: Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essays]
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Standing Alone Against the World in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - Standing Alone Against the World in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead Conformity is a basic human characteristic that man spends a life time either fighting or accepting, but few can escape.  Parents, churches, schools, and communities teach that the path Peter Keating follows is the assured road to security and happiness.  Humans crave companionship and are willing to sacrifice their values, beliefs, and very souls for the satisfaction of superficial love.  Howard Roark demonstrates that true happiness comes from within, at the end of a wearisome road.  He confirms this ideal through exhaustible determination struggling from burdensome beginnings to almost unattainable goals without relenting...   [tags: Ayn Rand The Fountainhead] 824 words
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Creators and Parasites in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - Creators and Parasites in The Fountainhead "The creators concern is the conquest of nature. The parasites concern is the conquest of men," Howard Roark states in his dramatic courtroom speech defending himself after the Cortlandt Homes incident. This quote sums up the two categories of people in rather graphic form. The creator, or non-conformist, being glorified in his attempt to better the very earth itself, independent of the constraints of humanity. The parasite, or conformist, being reduced to the lowest of all species, with a selfish goal of ruling man....   [tags: Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essays] 985 words
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Articulate Voices in Literature Inspire Change: Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury - In the words of Ayn Rand, “A culture is made or destroyed-by its articulate voices.” (Ayn Rand). “Articulate voices” found in Animal Farm by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Anthem by Ayn Rand all create or destroy his or her culture. In all three novels, the “articulate voices” inspire change, take actions that affect his or her surroundings, and cause revolutions. Articulate voices found in all three novels inspire change. In Animal Farm, Old Major is the quintessence of an articulate voice....   [tags: american literature, culture, Ayn Rand, George Orw]
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Chapter Summary Of 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand - Chapter 1- The books starts out with someone writing a journal, he states that it is a sin to write what he is writing because it is a sin to have any thoughts that any of the others do not think. His name is Equality7-2521 and he always refers to himself as “we” or “us”. He explain how he and his “friend”, even though preference of one person over another is not permitted by the Council, find an old tunnel wile doing there job sweeping the street behind the theater. He tells Internationl4-8818 (his friend) to promise not to tell anyone about the tunnel....   [tags: Ayn Rand Anthem Book Summary] 2049 words
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Objectism in The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand - Standing as, perhaps, one of the most controversial and, simultaneously, innovative philosophies of the twentieth century, Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy has gathered an unprecedented following. Demonstrated and explained in detail through the use of the characters Howard Roark, Ellsworth Toohey, Peter Keating, and Dominique Francon in her infamous novel The Fountainhead, Rand creates a storyline that effectively portrays all aspects of society - its evils and its goods. Rand's employment of both Dominique and Roark's positions in society, her explanation and justification for Dominique's seemingly cruel acts against Roark, and her weaving of Dominique and Roark's love for each other int...   [tags: objectism, philosophy]
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A Summary of Anthem by Ayn Rand - A utopia is a community which possesses highly desirable or perfect qualities. The beginning of the book Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, is supposed to be represented as a utopia, but the reader soon discovers that it is actually a dystopia; which is merely the opposite of a utopia. The main character of the book, Equality 7-2521, explains to the reader that there are many laws and regulations that the people of City must obey such as: not to write or have their own thoughts, citizens can’t have individual names, and the citizens of the city also have to refer to themselves as “we.” Equality 7-2521 soon realizes that a society that lacks individualism does nothing to make the community prosper...   [tags: dystopia, individualism, freedom]
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - “I swear – by my life and my love of it – that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine” (Rand 979). The last lines of John Galt’s speech in Atlas Shrugged declare the fundamental principle of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Her ideology plays an integral role in her literary pieces, functioning as the motor driving the actions, goals, and beliefs of the protagonists. From the first strains of Objectivism established during her childhood in Russia, Ayn Rand would develop and cultivate her ideas further in each novel, culminating in her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged....   [tags: freedom, bolshevik revolution ]
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Amthem a Book by Ayn Rand - In Ayn Ran’s iconic novella, Anthem, the main character Prometheus (Initially named Equality 7-2521) describes how in the society he lives in, there is an absence of something most of us value extremely deeply, family. Not only that, but when the women in the story give birth to children, those children are immediately taken away and the woman will never know the child they gave birth to, and the child will never know their biological parents. For many, this whole concept just seems absolutely wild and completely illogical....   [tags: communist societies, dictorship] 517 words
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Reason in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" - The Fountainhead is the story of an individual, Ayn Rand’s vision of the ideal man. It is the tale of his unabashed refutal of tradition, his struggle against conventionality, and his eventual triumph over the parasites who fear and lust after his greatness. This man, Howard Roark, succeeds because he thinks of his own accord and embraces reason. While others let themselves be controlled by tradition and trends of public opinion, Roark only follows his own logical judgement. That is why—in the midst of a sea of “second-handers,” people who live only in others’ eyes—Roark stands alone and magnificent....   [tags: Character Analysis, Individualism]
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Analysis of Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... Before Equality made his discovery, the government that he lived in received little question, with the exception of the Saint of the Pyre. The council members were able to achieve this by taking away freedoms and the natural rights that a human has, which dehumanized the people into submission and made the view that still retained their own voice live in fear. Many people find it terrifying to go against what they are told is right and what they have always believed in. In this way fear kept the people of Equality’s society from straying away from what they were told....   [tags: Dystopia, Individuality, Secrets]
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Themes in Ayn Rand's Anthem - ... Their hair was golden as the sun; their hair flew in the wind, shining and wild, as if it defied men to restrain it. They threw seeds from their hand as if they deigned to fling a scornful gift, and the earth was a beggar under their feet” (Rand 25). and he can not stop thinking about her. Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 establish a secret sign indicating their interest for each other. They eventually talk; Equality 7-2521 is pleased to discover the feeling is mutual. To talk or think about women is wrong....   [tags: woemn's equality, female philosophers]
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Objectivism in Ayn Rand's Anthem - In Ayn Rand’s famous, or in some circles, infamous, story Anthem, the differing ideologies of objectivism and collectivism are pit against each other. With objectivism being so tight knit and different from the society in the book, it seems that it would be almost impossible to truly follow in its entirety. However, Anthem, as a whole, doesn’t violate the ideals of Rand’s philosophy of objectivism. In the beginning of the novella, the reader is introduced to a collectivist society that rose up after a era dubbed the “Unmentionable Times” where it is assumed there was great destruction that caused the fear of new society....   [tags: society, self, collectivist ]
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The Life Ayn Rand - ... She spent the next six months in Chicago and soon obtained an extension on her visa and set off to Hollywood in pursuit of a career of writing screenplays. On her second day in Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille offered her a job as an extra, and soon after she met actor Frank O’Connor and married him in 1929. She struggled and fought for several years doing non-writing jobs but soon began to write plays and screenplays all while working on her novels that soon propelled her. The things that Ayn Rand experienced in her early life made her grow up at an early age and made her realize that the things that Russia was doing was in fact suppressing the individual and she witnessed first hand her a...   [tags: career, philosophy, objectivism] 2244 words
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Ayn Rand's Anthem: Philosophically - ... This can be seen in, "'Many men in the Homes of the Scholars have had strange new ideas in the past,' said Solidarity 8-1164, 'but when the majority of their brother Scholars voted against them, they abandoned their ideas, as all men must'," (Rand 73). Collectivism does not push societal advancement and therefore should be second to objectivism. The sense of empowerment that comes with objectivism allows workers to strive for themselves. Productivity, in turn, increases. Working for oneself and not for the common good, that collectivism suggests, pushes the individual to work-to-live causing a more equal and advancing society....   [tags: collectivism vs objectivism and individualism]
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Anthem by Ayn Rand - Coming from Russia during the civil war between a collectivist party and capitalism, author Ayn Rand grew up under the exposure of communism. She strongly disagreed with the sentiment of socialism, thus moved to the U.S. to experience the capitalist system. Here, Rand’s books became critically acclaimed through her unique perspective and characters. The majority of these novels is heavy handed and are heavily laced with biases that depict her strong distaste of collectivism. In the particular novella Anthem, Rand gives a warning to readers about the dangers of depending on the ‘we’ of society....   [tags: literary analysis, Russia, civil war, biography]
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Anthem, by Ayn Rand - ... Light is used again when giving Liberty 5-3000 a private name of “The Golden One” and his final name “Prometheus” at the end of the novel. Prometheus is the Greek God that brought fire to men from the Gods. Equality 7-2521 feels the name fitting for himself because of his rediscovery of the light bulb. Equality 7-2521 believed the Council of Scholars would thank him and make him a member of their council when he would present the light to them, but instead he was condemned and the council was frightened....   [tags: literary analysis, dystopian society] 868 words
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Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... As the secrete tunnel was discovered a fortress, retreat and refuge was to life of this young boy. A place where he can feel safe and express his thoughts and ideas without the outside world controlling him anyway. His goal was to obtain a small dose of what he craved. Seclusion. He refused to give in, like most people, to the idea that the society was supposed to be seen as “we” instead of individuals. After two years of experimenting and helping himself to the manuscript and studies of scholars, he was finally to create the electric light bulb....   [tags: futuristic novels] 586 words
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Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen” (21). From the beginning of his life, Prometheus was different from his brothers. He recalls living in the Home of the Infants, and fighting with his brothers, a transgression which was repeated so often, that out of all the children of his year, he was locked in the cellar the most. During the time period in which he lived in the Home of the Students, he was constantly chastised, demoralized, and ostracized for his ability to comprehend things faster than those of his brothers....   [tags: prometheus, transgression] 745 words
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Ayn Rand's Philosophy - ... Anthem is viewed as one of these parables. Rand wrote the novella as a warning about the disastrous effects of totalitarianism on a society. There is great deal of talk about equality and brotherhood in Anthem. It is ironic because the social structure in the book is ruled by a small class of people, which is how Communism works. For example, Equality 7-2521 is sentenced to a life of street sweeping. By condemning Equality to this life style, Rand is asking us, “ How do you plan for the welfare of everyone when you cannot decide what is right for any particular person?” (Cox) Rand makes her views clearly stated in Anthem....   [tags: Anthem, literary legend, individualism] 1037 words
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Individualism and Collectivism in Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - ... His philosophy is that the right of the ego is the first right on earth. His moral law follows that one should never have their prime goal fullfilled through other people. This forms the basis of Objectivism which, according to Ayn Rand, is what makes up the concept of man; one which functions as a heroic being, with his own attainment of happiness seving as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. Ayn Rand's novel,The Fountainhead, is based upon the concept of individualism, which establishes the doctrine of free thought and the action of the individual....   [tags: nonconformity, motivation] 952 words
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Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand - What words can be used to describe a man like Howard Roark. Many have called him an artist, a creator, a modernist. However, his motives have earned him a new title by society : selfless. Nonetheless, Roark's seemingly selfless actions are in fact selfish when seen through Ayn Rand's definition of selfishness. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary selfless is "having no concern for self". Through the eyes of society, Roark is neglecting his physical needs for something greater than himself "You need the commission....   [tags: The Fountainhead Essays]
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Objective Objectivism in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - ... People are forced to interact with one another on a day to day basis, so from that perspective objectivism is simply not practical. However, from an opposite viewpoint objectivism has many positive attributes, such as forcing people to take responsibility for their own success or failure. In an objectivist country, programs like welfare, disability compensation, and healthcare would not exist, so families would be responsible to take care of themselves rather than looking to the government to solve all of their problems....   [tags: moral rights, romantic relationships]
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Temptation and Transgresions in Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... However, each individual transgression of Prometheus' had a single trait in common: They were all triggered by basic human nature, as each was committed with the subconscious and instinctive desire for various natural aspects of life. This includes the yearn for the obtainment of love, having personal preferences and attachments towards certain objects or people, being concerned for one's own well-being, and so on, all of which he had been forced to deny himself throughout his life. Because Prometheus reaches the realization that these are, in fact, in correspondence to what he perceives to be human nature, he feels that he had a right to engage in such so-called "sinful" acts, and regar...   [tags: crime, injustice, brainwashed]
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Ayn Rand Biography: A Treacherous Existence - W. Bohrer English 11 Mr. Horn 12/17/13 Ayn Rand Biography: A Treacherous Existence Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg Russia mere three weeks after the bloody 1905 Revolution (Heller 2). At this time her name was Alisa Rosenbaum. It was not until she reached the United States that she traitorously altered her name to Ayn Rand. Alisa was born into a family of jewish people living in an anti-semitic country, making life at times - a struggle. Her parents’ names were Zelman Wolf Zakharovich Rosenbaum - better known as “Zinovy” - and Khana Berknovana Kaplan - better known as “Anna” - had been married 9 months before her birth....   [tags: literature, Russia, communism, Alisa Rosenbaum]
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Character Anaylsis in Anthem by Ayn Rand - 1 In 1966, the book “Anthem,” by Ayn Rand, portrays the story of a man who is confused by how his society works and is in constant wonder of how times were before his lifetime existed. Could one imagine living in a world where you knew nothing of the past and only of the present. In today’s century, we know of events that have happened over three hundred years ago and only a select few question how and why things have changed so much since then. Why is it that things change so quickly. Why do one’s societies change at all if things are going accordingly....   [tags: society, change, control] 1144 words
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Objectivism in Ayn Rand´s The Fountainhead - Objectivism is defined as “an ethical theory that moral good is objectively (based on facts rather than feelings or opinions) real or that moral precepts are objectively valid.” (Webster). Demonstrated by Ayn Rand in the book, The Fountainhead, objectivism seems to most, to be morally wrong, and socially impractical, despite seeming to be a stress-free way of life. In The Fountainhead, Howard Roark does not see relationships as necessary, but as a means to an end. For America to be purely objectivist would tear the country apart, in the sense that “normal social relationships” would no longer exist, but hatred and racism would become obsolete....   [tags: Relationship, Responsibility] 863 words
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Community Identity in Ayn Rand's "Anthem" - The author of this text is (Ayn Rand) and she has written the book called: “Anthem,” it describes what it is like in a society when all People are not “free” to control themselves. No love or friendship is ever shared between any of the groups of people- no feelings whatsoever. Doing what ever you like as long as it is legal and no one gets hurt makes freedom from living in a free society. In this story, Ayn explains a group known as, Equality 7-2521 where the word “I” has no meaning and everyone is told what to do by a council of scholars....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 577 words
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Shrugging Off Positive: Ayn Rand - ... Ayn Rand is a perfect match for all of these qualities, practicing non-violent approaches, revolutionizing thought processes, advancing the views of society, and remained objective. To begin with, Rand was never a violent person. She was a philosophical fiction and non-fiction author. Rand’s books have sold in the millions, and there is a whole philosophical society dedicated to her philosophy. (De Jesus) Ayn Rand never violently protested or used violence as a means to get her points across....   [tags: individualism philosophers]
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Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged - I swear by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another [hu] man, nor ask another [hu]man to live for mine. Missing citation… In the United States feminism is often shrouded in two categories, left and right wing, that fall into a spectrum of politics. Most people associate feminism with leftist movements, bra burning and man hating. The movement to many is a collectivist one which sets women together as a unit aiming towards the benefit of the whole. Collectivism is an outlook that places emphasis on a necessary interdependence among humans....   [tags: Feminism, Agency, Hero Worship, Individualism]
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Ayn Rand - A False Romantic - Ayn Rand - A False Romantic The Romantic period at its height extended over just a bit more than a century, from the latter half of the eighteenth century through to nearly the end of the nineteenth century. During this period, a new school of poetry was forged, and with it, a new moral philosophy. But, as the nineteenth century wound down, the Romantic movement seemed to be proving itself far more dependent on the specific cultural events it spanned than many believed; that is, the movement was beginning to wind down in time with the ebbing of the industrial and urban boom in much the same way that the movement grew out of the initial period of industrial and urban growth....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Ayn Rand, Aristotle, and Selfishness - Ayn Rand, Aristotle, and Selfishness Selfishness is an act that humans innately have implanted within them. Ayn Rand being a rational egoist had many moral beliefs, one being especially about selfishness. She believed that: “Self-interest, properly understood, is the standard of morality and selflessness is the deepest immorality.”( Ayn Rand 279) This basically emphasizes that you should see oneself, as an end to oneself. A person’s own life and happiness are their highest values, and that they don’t exist as servants or slaves to the interests of others....   [tags: essays research papers] 660 words
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Evils of Communism Exposed in We the Living, by Ayn Rand - In We the Living, Ayn Rand describes a girl’s battle against Soviet Russia and the struggle to remain resolved amidst the conforming society. Though some believe Communism is noble in concept, Rand agrues the opposite throughout her novel. Ayn Rand argues in We the Living the theory of communism is innately evil by demonstrating its failure in implementation, corruption within the party, and embodying the very argument with Kira Argounova. Ayn Rand describes the extent of corruption within the Communist party and eliminates the possibility of the applicable aspect....   [tags: We the Living Essays] 816 words
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Ayn Rand's We the Living - Ayn Rand and We the Living       "We the Living is not a story about Soviet Russia in 1925.  It is a story about Dictatorship, any dictatorship, anywhere, at any time, whether it be Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, or - which this novel might do its share in helping to prevent - a socialist America."  These words, written by Ayn Rand herself for the foreword to the 1959 printing of her 1936 novel We the Living, convey not only Rand's direction to the reader to keep in mind the universality of the book's theme, but also her opinion of communism in 1925 Russia and her suspicion that the United States might be headed down the same erroneous path.  During her lifetime, Rand would write p...   [tags: Essays on We the Living]
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Ayn Rand's Views on Communism - Ayn Rand's View on Communism Regarding the autobiographical nature of Kira, the main character in We the Living, Ayn Rand said "The specific events of Kira's life were not mine; her ideas, her convictions, her values were and are." (xvii) So by examining Kira's views on different things one can conclude Rand most likely shares the same views. If one reads We the Living it is very evident what Rand's views of Communism are: she is out rightly opposed to it and its core values. These core values that Communism are built on are based on these principals: what is best for the state is best for the individual, the state is all-important, and the state fulfills everyone's needs....   [tags: European Literature] 482 words
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Capitalism in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, displays societal destruction caused by intense government economic intervention. Rand heavily stresses Capitalistic views, however straying from “public good” appeals. On the contrary, Rand views the public good as inconsequential and possibly detrimental when considering capitalism. Ayn Rand varies from Capitalist defenders supporting views disregarding public good and considering competition driven innovation, public works downfalls, and unrestrained governmental control....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Altruism and Egotism Portrayed in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - In the world today, altruism is associated with the “common good” of man while egotism is associated with evil and non-consideration of the fellow man. In contrast to the world’s view, Ayn Rand provides and proves a new definition for egotism through her book, The Fountainhead. She defines egotism in the context of ethics. She states: “Man-every man-is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.” Howard Roark, the protagonist in the book is a selfish a...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1990 words
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - ... Of course, if you go, Mr. Francon will take somebody else. People will talk about that. Everybody knows that Mr. Francon picks out the best boy from Stanton every year for his office. I wonder how it’ll look if some other boy gets the job. But I guess that doesn’t matter.”” (P.35). this quote shows collectivism by showing how “emotional” one can be about not being better than his/her peers around them. Ayn’s point of view on free will in this quote shown telling of how Peter Keating had a choice on whether to take Guy Francons job offer or go to the Beaux-Arts academy for architecture, even though his mother was pressuring him into taking the job for Francon....   [tags: free will, naturism, realism, collectivism] 859 words
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Collectivist Society Depicted in Ayn Rand’s Anthem - A captivating novelette in which a man’s priority is to serve only for his brothers, Ayn Rand’s Anthem illustrates a society that has suffered the ghastly consequences of collectivism. She depicts an oppressive culture in which the word “I” is unheard of and men belong to the collective “We.” Men’s lives are determined through the Council of Vocations, a group that maintains a powerful dictatorship by subjugating the public from the beginning of their lives. The idea that “If you are not needed by your brother men, there is no reason for you to burden the earth with your bodies” (Chapter 1) has been forced into average mindset of the vehemently maintained society....   [tags: anthem]
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Ayn Rand and How Her Works Criticize Collectivism - ... It says men do not have any moral imperative to each other except to respect the rights of other individuals. Everybody takes responsibility for themselves, and what they do. This oath is the cornerstone of Objectivism. Ayn Rand also uses stories to help convey that collectivism leads to complete turmoil. A tramp told the story of how Twentieth Century Motor Factory failed: "There was one young boy who started out, full of fire for the noble ideal, a bright kid without any schooling, but with a wonderful head on his shoulders....   [tags: individualism vs communism]
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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand - • What does the story of Atlas Shrugged have to say about the relative powers of good and evil and the conditions under which one is victorious over the other. Characters very early on in the story of Atlas Shrugged are obviously concerned with the idea of goodness and what qualities constitute a person who is good and those that do not. It is evident at times with the author’s sarcasm that although these characters are obsessed with vocalizing their opinions, that their ideas of good are not quite correct....   [tags: Good vs Evil, Morality, Policy]
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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand - A number of characters very early on in the story of Atlas Shrugged are obviously concerned with the concept of goodness and what qualities constitute a good person and one that fails to meet this definition. It is evident at times through the author’s sarcasm although these characters are obsessed with vocalizing their opinions that their ideas of good are not on the mark. In fact, their drive to talk incessantly resolves nothing and devalues the meaning of almost every word. This same group of people hold to the philosophy that there are no absolutes and that no one is really right or wrong, as there is always some middle or “grey” area....   [tags: Conceptual Analysis, Characters]
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Analysis of Child Raising in Anthem by by Ayn Rand - ... The dictators fear the rebellion of the people, want to control their people as much as they can, and enforce this because they want to oppress individualism completely. Totalitarianism is the term that is used to describe the political system where the government holds total authority over the people and seek to control all aspects of their public life as well as their private life. They can control what is read, written, learned , and even felt. Like the society in Anthem, people may be restricted from thinking of themselves, pursuing their goals, and from having families....   [tags: Totalitarian, Dystopia]
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Communist Society in Ayn Rand’s book, Anthem - ... They find a house with many books and Equality reads them to discover “I”. That is when Equality 7-2421 renames himself Prometheus and Liberty 5-3000, Gaea. Ayn Rand names Equality 7-2521 Prometheus because they are similar in many ways. When Equality was younger he saw The Transgressor of the Unspeakable Word suffered. He was burned alive because he was one of little that knew what individualism was. Equality wanted to be in the Council of Scholars when he was young. “We give you the key to the earth....   [tags: Mythology, Society, Injustice]
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To Believe and To Change in Ayn Rand’s Anthem - ... Prometheus is born into a state where the propaganda of all and fraternity are prioritized rather than an individual, thereby a personal relationship is forbidden, unhesitatingly to segregate children from their families. Dictatorial leaders compel the family to split, eradicating the being of family, as children are raised without knowing their parents. Why does dictator enforce this arrangement. The triumph of the dictator is depended upon this arrangement along with the investment of the propaganda....   [tags: individualism, education, hitler] 862 words
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An Argument Against The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand - ... Instead, I will examine what I take her to believe is the strongest argument: self-interest is the standard of morality. Rand states, "selflessness is the deepest immorality," as follows: One's own well-being is one's highest value. For example, the following scene allows you and I to see Rands view as opposed to an altruist views: The world is too small for such a big population of people and with too many people the resources humans need to survive are scarce. With resources being scarce some may have to sacrifice their own supplies for the good of others....   [tags: self-interest, norm, ethics, values, needs, morals] 765 words
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An Independent Affair in Ayn Rand’s Novel, The Fountainhead - ... By ensuring that Peter Keating, a mediocre architect who does everything society expects, gets most of Howard’s commissions, she is sheltering Howard from whatever society might do to him. He does not care what people think of him, but it hurts her to see him brought low, so she fights to destroy him before he can reach even higher, only to be brought lower in the end. Much of the reason for Dominique’s actions also lies in her own personality and history. It is clear that she and her father have never seen eye to eye....   [tags: society, destructive love, relationship]
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Analysis of Altruism And Egoism in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - The ultimate motive of both the altruist and egoist is personal gain. Separating the two ideologies is the method by which this is accomplished. For the altruist, addressing the needs of humanity is purportedly the sole purpose of existence. Egoists, on the other hand, refuse to act if an action does not directly benefit themselves. In The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand addresses the function of altruists and egoists within society through character development. There are four characters in particular who distinctly exhibit the attributes of altruistic and egoistic individuals: Catherine Halsey, Peter Keating, and Ellsworth Toohey possess altruistic qualities; whereas, Howard Roark is explicitly ego...   [tags: Character Symbolism, Abuse of Power]
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Demonstrations of the Power of Dictators in Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... Children taken from their parents at young ages do not remember who their parents are or what they looked. Dictators take the children at that age for the very reason that the kids will not want to look for their parents because the child does not know what his or her parents look like. An event similar to that happened in Anthem whenever the kids would be taken from the mother after they were born and were sent to his or her first home until they would be old enough to start school. Making the kids constantly change homes made them not get attached to one person and made them susceptible to being tricked....   [tags: family, rebelling, government] 565 words
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Comparing Society Today with Ayn Rand's, Anthem - Imagine a world where people are only expected to live up to 45 years old. In today's society, there are countries that experience this. In the novel Anthem, by Ayn Rand; there are many factors like lifestyle, government, medicine, and education that lead to this. There are a couple of ways where the world in the novel is similar and different to today's society. A reason why life expectancy is so short in the novel is because of the "Great Rebirth", the "Great Rebirth" led to a new world that doesn't have machinery or electronics....   [tags: Government] 616 words
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The Remarkable Ayn Rand - The Remarkable Ayn Rand     "If a life can have a 'theme song' - and I believe that every worthwhile one has - mine is [best] expressed in one word: Individualism." (qtd. in ARI)  This quote from Ayn Rand can be applied to everything she did or thought during her life.  Born in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 2, 1905, Rand felt out of place in her native country.  She didn't agree with the prevailing ideas of mysticism and collectivism that formed the Russian government and society.  So at age 21, in 1926, she sailed to the United States.  It was in the US that Ayn Rand made a name for herself, and began a new philosophy that would affect people around the world....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Ayn Rand Anthem Paper - Ayn Rand Anthem Paper When born into the world, you are sheltered and nourished. When the appropriate age is reached you begin your schooling. Once your education is complete you are employed and work with complete security in your trade. At forty years of age you retire and spend the rest of your days with your peers, with everything requested provided for you. That is as long as you learn at the same pace as everyone else. If you're too bright you will be punished. And as long as you don't ask too many questions, the overly inquisitive are beaten....   [tags: essays papers] 951 words
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Ayn Rand's Anthem: A Matter of Indivduality - ... He then goes and brings it to the House of Scholars, ready to share his new invention. They scorn at him and say: "What is not thought by all men cannot be true," and "What is not done collectively cannot be good" (Rand 73). He here shows that he believes in objectivism and individuality in a world that is strongly collectivist. The light bulb’s light seems to represent knowledge in a dimmed world. Equality's own ideas show the barriers of Collectivism to humanity because own is unable to have their own thoughts and ideas....   [tags: collectivism, identity, ego]
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Ayn Rand - This essay will discuss the life and works of Ayn Rand. The woman who would become Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905. (Branden, Barbara pg.3 1986). She was born during the eleventh year of Nicholas II's reign in Russia.(Baker pg.1 1987). Rand's birth was just before a revolution in Russia, however this revolution was put down by her first year.(Branden, Barbara pg.3 1986). The Rosenbaum's lived quite comfortably under the czar.(Baker pg.1 1987). Beneath their large apartment was Fronz Rosenbaum's chemist shop.(Branden, Barbara pg....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Ayn Rand's Anthem - Ayn Rand's Anthem Ayn Rand's Anthem shows us her view of our world united under what seems to be communist rule. For example their view of right and wrong; which Anthem portrays is a system of very strict rules which mainly make sure that everyone is involved in a collective role within the society in this system no one is considered an individual or that they can even think as an individual. From the day that Equality 7-2521 were united as one they have been considered freaks, because they were all about six feet tall and looked down upon by the other groups within the society....   [tags: Equality Communism Social Issues Essays] 662 words
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Book Report of Anthem by Ayn Rand - Book Report of Anthem by Ayn Rand The book Anthem was written by Ayn Rand and was first published by Signet in 1961. The book was about a boy and a girl trying to find themselves. They do not follow the rules. They do the opposite of what they are supposed to do. Eventually they discover the word I, and live happily ever after. Anthem takes place in a city that is moving backwards instead of forwards. Everybody is born in the Home of Infants and dies in the Home of the Useless. Equality 7-2521 was not like his brothers....   [tags: Essays Papers] 740 words
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The Power of the Dictator in Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... 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 relationships. Human behavior dictates that people are protective over those they love....   [tags: government, family, rebellions] 551 words
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Anthem: Community Does Not Necessitate Camaraderie - The leaders of the society described in Ayn Rand’s classic novella Anthem rely almost entirely on various forms of brainwashing and psychological control to maintain their grip on power. So effective are these methods of mental manipulation that physical enslavement is almost never deemed necessary. Even in the rare situations where physical control is used, such as during Equality's brief incarceration at the Palace of Corrective Detention, the methods of restraint used rely heavily – almost entirely – on mental barriers set up through a combination of isolation and over-communalization efforts that are as ingenious as they are abhorrent....   [tags: Ayn Rand, Anthem] 932 words
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Ayn Rand's True Philosophy, and the People and Events Who Show It - Ayn Rand’s True Philosophy, and the People and Events Who Show It “I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.” (Ayn Rand). Ayn’s novel lives up to these possibilities by expressing her hope for independence and individuality in the world. Freedom can only be achieved by man’s own ability to think, feel, make choices, and form their own judgement, and that is exactly what the novel is about. In her book Anthem, Ayn Rand presents the philosophy that independence and individuality are very important in a society....   [tags: individualism, equality, gay pride]
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Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Novella Anthem and Its Relevance to Us Today - The values at risk in Anthem are not merely those of the central luminary; they are the ostensible values of an entire civilization—our own. Our society is founded upon the notion of individual rights; its existence, as Ayn Rand depicts, cannot be conceived on any other grounds. Anthem, Rand’s dystopian novella, is about us, and about what will happen if we do not follow alongside Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 in their discovery of the importance of individualism. Rand intends Equality’s name to be a misnomer, since we know that he is far superior to his peers and later comes to reject the principle his name characterizes....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Societal Structures]
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Ayn Rand´s Anthem: Failure in the Implementation of Marxist Ideals - Ayn Rand, in Anthem, illustrates a futuristic, socialist society. In the novel, Rand destroys any sense of individuality and describes the social setbacks endured after living ‘only for the brotherhood’. The individual person fails to exist and is but a ‘we’ and recognized by a word and a series of numbers rather than a name. Additionally, she describes the horrors encountered within this different system of life: from reproduction methods to punishments. Through the life of Equality 7-2521, Rand demonstrates a person’s journey from obedience to exile in this socialist society....   [tags: the brotherhood, social structures]
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The Forces Removal of Children from their Parents in Ayn Rand's Anthem - ... When the child is taken from the home, they lose the distraction of having a family. They may become a more productive member of society and don’t know the want or need of having a family and the relationships that come of existing in a family. If the child becomes more productive along with every other child that is put through the same process, theoretically society would then follow and eventually there would be a utopian society. Unfortunately this is yet to show true. Favoritism can also be a huge problem to a dictator....   [tags: bonds, dictatorship, dystopian ]
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Equality in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... Who's got a match?”(Bradbury, 1953, Pg. 36) This shows how Montag believed that burning a person’s things was perfectly fine. He was blinded by how the society had thought it to be better and more equal without books; to the point where people were hurt by them. The idea of equality and multiple other factors are contributed to a type of moral fog; Everyone thinks that they are happy, and that nothing is wrong. This fake equality doesn’t come without a price. The government has deemed that to make everyone equal, they have to get rid of multiple tools that people today use....   [tags: Utuopia, Dystopia, Society]
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Anthem by Ayn Rand: Where Do Children in Totalitarian States Live? - ... This living arrangement limits the opportunity of the children to develop characteristics that differentiate them between their brothers. In every house that Equality has lived in, each house has had the same interior. At the end of the day, Equality and his brothers go to bed and sleep until the bell rings in the house where “the sleeping walls are white and clean and bare of all things” (Rand 28). The leaders keep the houses plain to prevent their people from developing likes and dislikes and using their brains for actual thinking....   [tags: dictatorial leaders, house of infants] 655 words
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Peace on the Streets: Analysis of Altruism and Egoism in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - The ultimate motive of both the altruist and egoist is personal gain. Separating the two ideologies is the method by which this is accomplished. For the altruist, addressing the needs of humanity is purportedly the sole purpose of existence. Egoists, on the other hand, refuse to act if an action does not directly benefit themselves. In The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand addresses the function of altruists and egoists within society through character development. There are four characters in particular who distinctly exhibit the attributes of altruistic and egoistic individuals: Catherine Halsey, Peter Keating, and Ellsworth Toohey possess altruistic qualities; whereas, Howard Roark is explicitly eg...   [tags: Personal Gain, Character Development] 1331 words
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Prometheus was Taught Against Himself in Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick” (Rand 21). This quote tells you that Prometheus’s knowledge was greater than his brothers. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t be like his brothers. “We tried to forget our lessons, but we always remembered. We tried not to understand what the Teachers taught, but we always understood it before the Teachers had spoken” (Rand 21). Prometheus’s knowledge grew when he left the Home of the Students, even thought there wasn’t much left to learn....   [tags: sins, society, discovery]
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Choosing to Defy the World in Anthem by Ayn Rand - ... That he doesn’t need to be a master of others or a slave for others. Prometheus says he will raise his son to become a man. His son will be confident and know the word “I”. Prometheus says his sons and friends will build a new land and will slowly become stronger and stronger. When they are finally strong enough, they will fight for the honor and freedom of men. In the last chapter Prometheus talks about the battle of men who refused to surrender the word “I”, and he says he wishes to tell the men that “their hearts were not final, and their night was not without hope.” (Rand 103) Society thinks of Prometheus as sinful because he is different from everyone....   [tags: rules, sinful, society]
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