The way individualism and collectivism affect the world of Anthem and Equality are very clear. Collectivism is the name of the game in the world of Anthem. This is definitely not what the world of Anthem is based off of but Equality is definitely the spokesperson of this ideal. Products and Customers Anthem Stair Company's product lines consist of staircases and stair parts. Anthem Stair Company does not limit itself to staircases only. Anthem Stair operates under the philosophy that all customers regardless of the amount of business they bring to Anthem should all be treated with the same respect and care. Anthem Stair cares about every customer so that if a stair is needed in two days, Anthem Stair will make every effort to make that happen. Anthem Stair Company only has forty employees working in a 14,000 square foot factory. Two primary examples of this theme are the literary works by John Steinbeck and Ayn Rand, The Grapes of Wrath and Anthem, respectively. Anthem's representation of the theme is similar to The Grapes of Wrath. In Anthem, the characters also lived in a society filled with a degree of social cruelty and inhumanity. The world described in Anthem is a primitive one, although it is set in the future. Those who break the terms of the oppression placed upon them in Anthem, are known as transgressors. This is the message Rand wished to express in Anthem. While I would not advocate her philosophy, she is an exceptional writer and I would recommend Anthem. Anthem by Ayn Rand In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand there are many themes. Rand makes a very strong point because if the world had not had the brain power of all past scientists, we would not be where we are now. The people of Anthem, the city symbolizing slavery, learn to live without self-expression or an ego.
He is not allowed to convey himself, and Rand makes sure to point this out with this quote.
In conclusion, we see that the opening sentence to the story describes the world in which there is no individualism and it forces people to realize that this is something they take for granted every day. Anthem a novel by Ayn Rand is set in a dystopic society written from the perspective of Equality a man wrought with ideas and conflict.
In the beginning, Equality 7-2521 describes his actions, how they differed tremendously from the people in his society, and how they encouraged him to believe that he was cursed.
He explains that he had always been a sinner, and had always defied the rules of the Council of Vocations, the party who distinguished laws.
Because Rand makes this the absolute first and most apparent part of the story, it is reasonable that individualism is extremely important.
Having laws against individual thought is self destruction in its purest form.
Equality 7-2521 discovers things from the “Unmentionable Times”, (times of the past before everything was forcefully collective in the story’s setting) that allow him to realize why his thoughts about happiness were indeed true.
Equality 7-2521’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct because he achieves the realization that individuality is essential to the continuation of mankind, and cannot simply be removed from a person’s life.
Equality, having such a strong desire to learn more than what was informed by the Council, was a threat to collectivism.
The society’s laws allowed Equality to believe that his thoughts and morals, that were ultimately correct, were depraved and against everything that his population stood for.