Rand's Anthem by Andrew Bernstein PDF

By Andrew Bernstein

Excellent instruction for the yearly Ayn Rand essay contest, this allegory of guy in a collectivist society locations characters, reminiscent of Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000, in a fight for person freedom. by way of the strength in their principles and the fireplace in their wants, they finally set themselves loose and create a brand new social order.

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The house has two stories, a flat roof, and walls made more of glass than of any other substance. They immediately understand that no one they know built this structure. The house is a remnant of the Unmentionable Times. Equality 7-2521 realizes that they will need years to understand all that they find in the house. They are surprised by the smallness of the rooms and decide that no more than 12 men could have occupied them. When they come to the bedroom and find only two beds, they are baffled by the recognition that this building was home to but two persons.

This moral code and its political consequence are what Equality 7-2521 seeks to revive in his society. In Equality 7-2521’s society, egoism is considered evil and has been expunged over the centuries from its memory. In its place, society has taught an opposite code—the theory of altruism. Altruism states that individuals have a moral obligation to sacrifice themselves for others, that satisfying the desires of other persons should take precedence in an individual’s life. Under this moral code, an individual has no right to his or her own life but exists solely as a servant of others.

He tells her that the code of individualism requires each person to have their own name to differentiate them from the rest of humankind. He tells her of a figure about whom he has read. He was a legendary hero who lived far in the past, who took the light of the gods and brought it to humans. ” He suffered for his deeds as all bearers of light must suffer. His name was Prometheus. “It shall be your name,” replies the Golden One. Additionally, he tells her of a heroine from the legends of the past.

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