Monday, May 18, 2015

Post #5. Literary

Anthem
Ayn Rand 
Parts 9-10


Describe a choice made by a character in the novel. Why did the character make this choice? Was his or her action justified?

In this novel choices both positive and negative are very present and obvious to the reader. One can see that the books main story is built by a series of choices chosen by the main character. This is true since the beginning of the book where the character chooses to conceal all of his discoveries from the council. Equality 7-2521 chooses to hide his discoveries because he knows that if he does the council wont allow his to continue. They will rip apart all of his work and isolate him form society, the can also eliminate him. However, against all of the odds, he tells his secrets for two different people, International 4-8818 and Liberty 5-3000. That is because together with his discoveries came trust and confidence. On the other hand, things like suspicions and questioning also came along.
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Literary Analysis- Bernardo

How does the protagonist change from the beginning to the end of the novel? What does this character learn about himself (or herself) and about how the world works?
                  


Equality 7-2521 was like everyone else. He followed the order of collectivism. However, one day he was sent to clean one street, with a peculiar spot. It lead type of shaft. It was dark, and contained the past. In that particular shaft, there were belongings of the old times, where actual individualism was everywhere.  Equality 7-2521 was curious and tried some of the objects out. Later, he found out that some objects that enters in contacts, with other objects, make light, or fire. He then started to think individual, because he wanted to find out more about his past. In the end, he discovers the word “I”, and uses to liberate him from this world. He call the Golden One, and says what he discovers. Than the Golden One says that she loves him. Equality 7-2521 renamed themselves. Equality turned to Prometheus, and Golden One into Gaea. (Prometheus and Gaea are considered, for the ancient Greeks, to be the father of man kind.) He discovers that the world is not how it should meant to be, but sharing this idea to a unreliable person would lead to caos, and probably death. He also discovered that the way they live, are not the most efficient way, and that individualism is the best way, because than everyone has their own thoughts and opinion. 

Literary Analysis Blog Juho


Literary Analysis

Juho Kim

Humanities 3.8
Mrs. Hancock


How does the protagonist change from the beginning to the end of the novel?  What does this character learn about himself (or herself) and about how the world works?

During the course of the novel, Equality, the protagonist undergoes a series of changes that narrow down to one specific main idea. He realises the power of each individual and the concept of individuality.

In the beginning he Equality 7-2521 was more like everyone, thinking about everyone, and believing the power of the group. But after he discovers something called light, he starts to believe in the power of an individual. He realises there are some parts that only some know and only some should know which is also the concept of individual secrets. For his entire life, he has been told one thing, had his entire story being planned out before him. "For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not the faces of our brothers, for we felt not pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong" (Ayn Rand, part 8) In this line, it is clearly visible the change in his thoughts. If this were to be evaluated in the first chapters of the novel, it would have been pitiful, wrong and impossible for him to see his own beauty, to accept himself or even get rid of himself from the group. Now, he is able to realize his true identity. He believes in his own potential and what life truly is about. Now, Equality was able to see that men are able to discover and shape their own destinies. He has finally made a decision based on his own interests rather than the group's. By fleeing, he is able to take control of his actions and what he chooses to do.





Sunday, May 17, 2015

Literary analysis

Antonio Fernandes

Ms.Hancock

8 grade


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Anthem is one of the many books written by Ayn Rand, that demonstrates a world in which the government has absolute power.  It shows a world that does`t exist the word I, and freedom is unreachable. A world in which controlling your self is almost impossible. This book has no clear time on when it is taking place, but we can predict it is in the future. This books demonstrates an ideology of collectivism. This means that the governors are bordering it`s people by forcing them to serve the state. The protagonist Equality 7-2521 talks about how he suffered and what was his ideology in that time. In the book, we can clearly see that Equality 7-2521 changed his view.



         




In Chapter eleven it says," What must I say beside?"  This is the beginning of  Equality 7-2521 changing himself. He finally discovered the most powerful word in which it is so little to be seen. He found the word I. He knew that what he always did was to benefit himself, he found out that he was the only one that loved the Golden one, he found out, that only him found out about electricity, a power in which was used in the ancient times. Equality knew that the governments were making the people have no feelings, that the governments made man forget about the word I, in which defines who you are and what you did.  Equality changed his view. He started to see the world bigger. He learned that  


































every act that he did was selfish. He saw that the majority of his acts only affected himself. He also saw that the ancient people, fighter to keep that word, and that now he has to start to develop that ancient world again, and show the others the power of the word I. This pictures is to represent the power of I and to represent a bigger world.



      







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Week #5 - Literary Analysis (Julia C)

Anthem
Ayn Rand
Parts 11-12
Literary Analysis Question

Equality 7-2521, also known as Prometheus, drastically changes from the beginning to the end of the novel. At first, Equality 7-2521 thinks he is born with a curse. He thinks that being different than his brothers is a sin. “All men are good and wise. It is only we, Equality 7-2521, we alone who were born with a curse. For we are not like our brothers” (part 1). Equality 7-2521 always felt guilty and bad because of his curse. He was born learning that being different is a horrible. You can’t call anyone your friend or have a lover because when you do this, you are liking someone more than others. He lives in a place where even being smarter is considered a sin because it means you are superior than your brother. “So we fought against this curse. 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. We looked upon Union 5-3992, who were a pale boy with only half a brain, and we tried to say and do as they did, that we might be like them, like Union 5-3992, but somehow the Teachers knew that we were not. And we were lashed more often than all the other children” (part 1). He was even punished because he was smarter than his brothers. Also, everything he did was for the sake of the community and his brother. “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great we, one, indivisible and forever” (part 1). They were taught their whole lives to do everything for their brothers but never for themselves. It was a sin to be selfish and do something for your own good. Equality 7-52521's dream was to become a Scholar at the Home of the Scholars. "And in the darkness, in the secret hour, when we awoke in the night and there were no brothers around us, but only their shapes in the beds and their snores, we closed our eyes, and we held our lips shut, and we stopped our breath, that no shudder might let our brothers see or hear or guess, and we thought that we wished to be sent to the Home of the Scholars when our time would come" (part 1). He loves the science of things and wants to know everything that happens to the earth. Before, Equality 7-2521 was like everyone else in his community. 

In the end of the novel, Prometheus is a different person. He loves the fact that he was born the 'curse.' "I understood the blessed thing which I had called my curse. I understood why the best in me had been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins. I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him" (part 12). He is thankful for everything in him and doesn't consider his smartness as a sin but as a blessing now. Prometheus values and understands individualism. "I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame" (part 11). Prometheus knows that the word "we" is a monster and that all men should know that. The word "we" that he has used until know is a word that doesn't have any value in individualism. Also, Prometheus knows that the meaning of life is not to honor or do anything for only the sake of your brothers. You should live in order to find your own happiness and values. "My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose" (part 11). He will live in order to find his happiness, not the happiness of his brothers. He will do everything for himself, and not his brothers. He will be unique and different from his brothers rather than being alike. Prometheus now hates every Scholar in the Home of the Scholars. ""You fools!" we cried. "You fools! You thrice-damned fools!"" (part 7). The Scholars are fools which don't see the importance of electricity and light. They threw his idea away and didn't value the box with the light. He has bigger goals and dreams rather than getting in the Home of the Scholars. "I shall live here, in my own house. I shall take my food from the earth by the toil of my own hands. I shall learn many secrets from my books. Through the years ahead, I shall rebuild the achievements of the past, and open the way to carry them further, the achievements which are open to me, but closed forever to my brothers, for their minds are shackled to the weakest and dullest ones among them" (part 12). He wants to bring back ideas and knowledge from the 'unmentionable times' and revive them. He wants to show the world that not everything from the past was a bad idea. There were a lot of good things from the 'unmentionable times' that could still been used today. 

Literary Analysis . Gabe

What theme or themes does the author explore in the novel? Which passages in the text connect to theme?

It is evident that the real theme in the book is the importance of individualism, the idea of liberty, rights, or independent action of an individual. This idea is present through out the book, but one of the best quotes on this topic is when the main character Equality 7-2521 meets Liberty 5-3000 for the first time "Still, without reason, as we stood there by the hedge, we felt our lips drawn tight with hatred, a sudden hatred for all our brother men. And the Golden One saw it and smiled slowly, and there was in their smile the first sadness we had seen in them. We think that in the wisdom of women the Golden One had understood more than we can understand." This quote proves that for the first time Equality has feelings of his own, feelings of want, will, of desire. These feelings are not within the standards because not everyone feels these, for these are feelings of possession, in a community in where everyone shares. This is why some may say that this book includes the idea of individualism, because it speaks so much of freedom and independence.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Historical Context - Post #3 - Guilherme


  1. What is the role of conformity and nonconformity in the novel, and how does this connect to the historical setting of the text?  

In this book conformity and non-conformity have two really big roles. In the book characters obey orders and follow standards set to them since the moment they are born. They have no family bonds of any kind. People in this society will never know their parents nor their kids. As soon as all of them have a sertain age a work is set to them and from there on all they will do is their job, for the rest of their lives. In my perspective the role of conformity in this book is to maintain the population with the simplest mind setting they can have. So they will learn the alphabet, how to speak, how to write, and all of the rules. They kill their instincts as soon as possible so that their instinct to think new and innovate does not interfere in the process. They become slave humans/robots. However there is still a hint of non-conformity in the book. The main character has since the beggining a fully functioning mind. He wishes and desires. Feelings that all others dont feel, things that are also prohibited. Moreover, every where he goes and everyone he meets changes. For example there is Internation 4-8818, a friend of Equality7-2521. They met during their first day working together. Eventhough that was a very short period of time they created a bond fo trust very strong. They were now capable of keeping secrets. Something that was also strongly prohibited by anyone. Other example of change in people arround him is Liberty 5-3000. A girl that until he met her was completly normal and had never stepped out side the line.. They both had a very strong connection, but this time it hapened with out they even needing to talk to each other. They had a imprint, a love in the fist sight moment. With no good reason she chose to go off the rules and talk to him. This shows how one person can make the diference, even in a community that is 100% controlled.

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