Saturday, March 14, 2015

Historical Context - Jorge Ribeiro


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Ayn Rand

Rotation 5

What is the cultural and educational background of the author and how did this background influence the book?  In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?

Ayn Rand's educational and cultural background, was that she was from a middle class Russian family, who lived in the times of communism, because after communism came to power in 1917, her father's business was confiscated and so therefore her family lived in depression and suffering. This influenced the book, because Anthem is a book about a future Dystopia, where people have no say whatsoever, and by this book, it pretty much reflects on her childhood, and on how communism shaped her life, how much it affected her. This book really is the thought of what communism was with her own eyes, it is her story, but on a different time period. The book reveals the author's world view, by showing how the characters in Anthem don't have a say, and when she was a child, in Russia, she didn't have a say either, so in many ways Ayn connects with Equality, because both are going through the same things, the same consequences, the same conflicts.

"Ayn Rand's Anthem: An Appreciation." Ayn Rand's Anthem. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2015. <>.

1 comment:

  1. Jorge,
    I really liked your post, but it really left me thinking about how people shape their thoughts on the type of government they are involved in. Meaning, the author's goal must've been to express the way people feel in a communist society, but also, to show how different it is. Although, she did go to extremes, by expressing a society in which they have no say at all and seems nonexistent in the world we live in today, it does exist. Not only does this leave me thinking about the type of world we live in today, but it also helps me see the world differently. The way Ayn Rand is telling her story through a "dystopia," one that shocked me with every detail, but truly exists, really makes me wonder about the type of world we live in today. How the government tries to lock their differences away, and try to be all the same. This can be seen throughout many times when Equality 7-2125, is telling the reader about his thoughts. The book is mainly focused on thoughts, rather than in actions. That could be because society doesn't allow it's citizens to act upon their thoughts.
    Great post!!!