Anthem by Ayn Rand
Week 2 - Part 3 & 4
Why was this book controversial? Which themes or ideas were challenging to society?
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To begin with, Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a dystopian society that has
restrictions such as not saying the word "I" ever. If said, there would be persecutions and deaths. Therefore, Equality 7-2521 was taught to always refer himself as we, us, etc.
Anthem can be classified as a utopian world, rather than a dystopian world. It's really how people see the book's perspectives and rules (Anthem: Ayn Rand's Dystopian Masterpiece). As a result, just a few people may perceive how utopian of a society Anthem is. However, many people see this book as a very controversial one because of it's small details, etc. From what many people think, Anthem contains absurd limitations, complexity in use of words, and certain regulations. For example, the fact that people can't sing without a reason makes them look like the law owns their will of choice. In today's society, people can do whatever they please with their body because its them who owns it, and not somebody/something else (The Truth About Power). Having the free will to sing should be something that is normal and rational, and shouldn't be questioned whether to do it or not. As a matter of fact, questioning whether you should do something with your body makes the world wonder if they have power over their bodies. Consequently, this book would be classified as a very controversial book.As a second point, Anthem contains ideas/themes that sometimes challenge society in their daily lives. One of the most challenging parts of their society is that humans have to refer to themselves as "we" instead of "I" (The Meaning and Importance of "I" in Anthem). Still not fully known why, saying "I" is a sin that ends up with consequences if said. In my opinion, Ayn Rand tries to convey the world that the idea of "I" shows selfishness and ignorance. In one of her interviews, she explains how men should sacrifice things between each other showing how they should always be one. As one quote states in the book, "the laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is a great transgression and the root of all evil". People like Equality 7-2521 don't struggle as much because they never lived in the era where everyone said "I" in a normal basis; however, older people struggle more because they lived in a time where everyone was independent. Therefore, it was a challenge to change their way of talking and living in general.
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