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Anthem Essay

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     Anthem Essay

     As one reads Ayn Rand’s significant quotes from the story of anthem, there is always a main theme that is trying to escape, just as Prometheus escaped in her story. All three of the listed quotes work as a trio to sing that We; as society, works to defeat individuality. The quotes emphasize that we cannot survive without individualism and being alone brings out our unique personalities. It is true that all the quotes work as one, but at the same time they have their own individualism. Each quote holds a purpose of its own and the author wants to express the quote to each persons understanding.
Rand’s quote, “The word ‘We’… crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the tray of it,” ...view middle of the document...

People want to be treated with respect for what they have done. In the novelette, Prometheus invents electricity by using his own mind. He wants credit for this invention and would like to be treated with the respect of being an important person.
     When Prometheus states he wants to make himself happy, he means he and he alone. When he makes himself happy he feels as if he has completed his mission in life. “My happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end.” This quote is Prometheus’ statement to society that he does not care about making everyone better, but that he cares for each person to individually improve themselves. Prometheus wants every person to find the happiness within themselves.
     “I think. I am. I will.” A quote by Ayn Rand that is similar to Rene Descartes quote, “I think therefore I am.” This quote tells society that Prometheus can do anything by himself. He does not need the “we” of society to complete a task. Prometheus can think independently and wants to express himself as one individual. “I will,” illustrates that he will and can do anything. Prometheus believes, just as Rene Descartes does, that if he can think by himself, he is able to live by himself. As he is alone he is thinking by himself, therefore he is alive and able to express himself as he truly is.
     The main quotes of Anthem were written with a real purpose. Ayn Rand had the mission to write these significant quotes so that each person would make their own meaning out of them. Rand longed for someone to allow their individualism to bring these quotes to life with these quotes, do not listen to what theme society has placed on them. Instead, use your individualism to acquire your own interpretation. If you allow society to give you ideas your interpretation and you mind will not survive.

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