Sunday, October 26, 2014

Line Illuminator - Isa Farhat

Anthem by Ayn Rand
Parts 5 & 6
Line Illuminator
Isabella Farhat

In the sections 5 &6 there were many outstanding quotes, and a few that I would like to share with you. 

"The first blow of the lash felt as if our spine had been cut in two. The second blow stopped the first, and for a second we felt nothing, then the pain struck us in our throat and fire ran in our lungs without air. But we did not cry out."

This quote is so detailed that when I read it for the first time, I felt the aching pain on my back. The author was so descriptive on this part it amazes me. She almost knew how it was supposed to be felt or written. Ayn Rand is an author which uses torture a lot in her books. She uses it by writing what she feels, and tries to attach the reader. When Ayn Rand uses torture in her books, they aren't always physical, they can be mental. Like I stated before, during my reading I felt the whip on my back as if I was the character in the story, maybe not as hard. Continuing, what I am trying to say it that Ayn uses her words to create emotions within the reader. Maybe you have already discovered that, but I have actually realised it now. While reading, you always become more attached to the main character because you read more about his/her life. When this happens, you tend to make anything more related to you. The picture below us is the picture I have chosen to demonstrate what I am trying to say. When you read a book, it becomes part of you, in some way. A piece of the characters personality, you will try to incorporate that in your daily life. 

"And a strange thought comes to us: we wonder, for the first time in our life, what we look like. Men never see their own faces and never ask their brothers about it, for it is evil to have concern for their own faces or bodies."

This second quote is quite interesting. When I read it, it makes me wonder why people are believed for it to be evil to concern their own bodies. It ma have been said before but, this dystopian novel, is a community which is said to be against believing in oneself. If you think about yourself, or see yourself better than someone else, it is a sin.I agree with this because I find it weird that someone has to speak using the words us, we, etc. Equality 7-2125 is a unique person in this whole book, because he/she is the only one feelings emotions, until now. Equality 7-2125 is the character who is going to make a change in this society, I am feeling. This picture below us is the picture I have chosen to use to describe this idea more briefly. This picture is a quote which is the opposite of what this community is leading to believe. 


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  2. Isa,

    Your post was very detailed and descriptive, congratulations! Firstly, I'd like to discuss what you said regarding your first quote. I agree that Rand is an extremely descriptive author and that it is easy to either see the scene happening in your head or even imagine you being the main character in that certain situation. It makes me wonder if Rand was ever in a situation in which she was tortured, because like you mentioned in your post, she does indeed mention torture a lot throughout her novel.

    As for your second quote, I believe that this thought that it is wrong to think of yourself as I as a unique person is wrong was brought to society by the so-called House of Scholars, who would be the equivalent to a ruler or leader of the city in which our Protagonist(s) reside(s).

  3. Isa,

    I could really understand what you meant about what types of emotions her book is based on. First of, I wanted to agree with you about how Ayn Rand always writes about torture or painful scenes. In my opinion, these feelings are the only ones remaining in her mind since she never experienced something better. Additionally, in one of my previous posts, I commentated in how Ayn Rand's books were always about a kind of restriction that held back society. Therefore, I came to a conclusion to where I knew that Ayn Rand lived a difficult life. If that was the only thing she would known how to describe, then happy endings wouldn't be something she would ever write about. Unless, she would write about it, yet never knowing how happiness really tastes like.