Saturday, February 14, 2015

Connection Captain – Daniel Choe

Student: Daniel Choe

Book: Anthem

Author: Any Rand

Parts: 3 and 4

Role #2 Connection Captain

During the reading of chapters three and four, I noticed some strong connections.

<Image of the book "The City of Ember">

The first connection was that this book had very similar events to the book " The City of Ember." To explain why they connect to each other, clarification is needed. To summarize the book "The City of Ember," its main focus is about two teenagers and a small child that live in an underground society. Continuing, darkness overpowers light where they live, since the sun is not exposed to the people as they live in an underground world. Because of that, the underground citizens think light doesn't exist, and that the only way to find light is by using lightbulbs and electricity. Going back to the story of the teenagers and the child, they decide to explore their world to find a solution for the darkness, and towards the end of the book, they find matches, which then made them discover fire. This event is similar to the book "Anthem" because of the idea of discovery. In chapter 3, Equality 7-2572 finds wires and metals, which makes them very curious because they never saw these things. Adding on, Equality messes around with the items by connecting the metals with the wires, which soon makes them discover electricity, which is something they never saw in their life. The electricity is important because it shows the idea that Equality discovered something. As it is clear, we can see that the book "The City of Ember" and "Anthem" connect to each other because both of the books include the idea of discovery.

<Image of the book "The Giver">

My second connection is to another book, which is called "The Giver." "The Giver" is a novel about a boy that lives in a dystopian world, where everything is black and white, and everything is controlled controlled by the authorities. Adding on, since the authorities had everything in their hands, they created rules, which eliminated pain, sadness and other things from their society. Because of the rules, the citizens started to trust only on the authorities, as they thought the authorities were always correct. That being said, if someone disagreed with the authorities, they would be ignored, because everyone thought that the authorities were the only people with wisdom. This idea connects to the book "Anthem" because it has a similar idea. In the first sentences of chapter three, it states, "The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore the things which are not known by all do not exist." This idea is extremely important as Equality, the main character, agrees that in his society, everyone only believes in the council, and no one else. The reason being is because the citizens only believe in what they see, and the only people that actually learned more than them were the Council, showing that the people only believe in the Council because they think they know more than them. Right off the bat, we can see that "Anthem" connects to "The Giver" because both books have the idea of "believing only on the powerful ones," which in "The Giver" is the authorities, and in "Anthem" is the Council.

Overall, these were were connections I had while reading chapters three and four.

1 comment:

  1. The connections were well made. I would also connect this book with the book Uglies, because the leaders of society hide a lot from the people and to keep the people from knowing, they takeaway the knowledge and gives them something better instead, which in the case of the Uglies is a big party and great life for the beautiful, but the beautiful know nothing, and the ones who stay behind, which are the uglies, they know the most, and know things that none of the pretties know, things that if everybody knew would cause complete chaos. So this all connects to limitation of the information acquired.