Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rotation 1- Gaetano Cremoux (Risk Taking Researcher)

Anthem is a fictional Dystopian novel written by philosopher, screenwriter, and author Ayn Rand. She is well known for her various books, including The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and Anthem, as well as her development of a philosophical system called "Objectivism".

Ayn Rand

Ayn was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. Her father was a successful pharmacist who owned a pharmacy. By the age of 8, Ayn was already writing screenplays. By 10, she had written her first novel. During the Russian Revolution, her family fled to the Crimean Peninsula. There, they lived in poverty, where they faced desperate conditions. At 16, Ayn was one of the first woman to enroll in University, where she majored in History. After graduating, she moved to the US to pursue her screenwriting career. After a couple of unsuccessful pieces, she wrote her first successful novel, The Fountainhead, which opened her path to prominence. After The Fountainhead, she wrote several successful books, most acclaimed Atlas Shrugged. 
Image representing collectivism & rebellion

Ayn was of the opinion that collectivism was evil, which is the main reason she wrote Anthem. Collectivism is the idea of interdependence, or the elimination of any individuality. Because of her life experience with this idea (Communist Russia), she was convinced that any type of collectivism was vile. She expressed this through the main character and his rebellious nature. The main character rebels against the governments idea of collectivism. I think that the dystopia in this books represents her time living in the Crimean Peninsula. The government in the book appears like a type of totalitarian state with extreme communist ideas. The government in Russia back then was similar to this- perhaps not as extreme, but still similar. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey Gaetano, although Ayns pieces were not always easily viewed by the public, Rand worked with Universal Studios and RKO Studios to make screen plays. She even wrote a broadway show! I would not say she had unimpressive or unseen writing until Fountainhead because she was able to work with very large and powerful companies. I definitely agree she expressed her feelings in this book through her characters, but what other form of govern was she also criticizing more than collectivism?