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Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Dylan Ruggeri

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Transcript of Anthem by Ayn Rand

Equality 7-2521 or, as he later names himself, Prometheus naturally thinks scientifically. He is tall, smart, and at the time of his narration, 21.
Character Analysis
rising action:
The conflict is man vs man, or man vs society. The conflict is internal. The conflict of the story is that the protagonist does not like his society and would prefer to be an individual.
Plot Diagram
Anthem by Ayn Rand
project by Dylan Ruggeri p.4
falling action:
Literary Devices
Dystopian Society
Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was born on February 2nd, 1905.
Ayn Rand moved to Crimea at age 14. She and her family suffered from proverty and starvation. She graduated from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and that same year went to the State Institute for Cinema Arts. In the following year, she moved to America and four years later married Frank O'Conner.
Ayn Rand sold her first screen play in 1932. She published her first novel in 1936.
"Objectivism", as Rand described it, is the "philosophy for living on Earth."
Ayn Rand died from Cardiovascular disease on March 6th, 1982.
Sometimes in a collective society, too many limits are put on people, and a person may have to learn how to be an individual in order to be happy.
A remote, primitive, future. Narrator introduces self and the society that he lives in.
He is a dynamic character because throughout the story he goes on a journey of becoming an individual.
Hero is assigned to be a street sweeper. He "creates light". He ventures into the Uncharted Forest. In the water there, he sees his own face for the first time. Later, he discovers that the Golden One followed him into the forest and they soon say "we love you" and the couple finds a house together in the forest.
The hero discovers the word "I".
The hero and the Golden One choose their names.
The hero discovers the word "ego".
1. types of light=
the level of knowledge that a person accepts.
2. uncharted forest=
1. "The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them."
-Knowledge is learned by those who desire it most.
2. "There is no danger in solitude."
-There is nothing wrong with being comfortable alone.
3. "There is some error, one frightful error, in the thinking of men. What is that error? We do not know, but the knowledge struggles within us, struggles to be born."
-Equality wants to know the error in men's thinking patters so that he knows how to correct them.
4. “I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom, and the greatest of these is freedom.”
-Equality does not take what he loves most for granted, and what he loves most of all is his new-found freedom.
5. “What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and the impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and to obey?”
-What is Equality worth if he is not an individual?
6. “For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute forces of their numbers. I have my mind.”
-Knowledge is power.
7.“But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.”
-To be free, you must be an individual.
8.“Through all the darkness, through all the shame of which men are capable, the spirit of man will remain alive on this earth. It may sleep, but it will awaken. It may wear chains, but it will break through.”
-The spirit of man will always prevail.

1. word: thrice ; definition: extremely;very ; sentence: You thrice damned fools! ; POS: adv.
2. word: torrent ; definition: a sudden, violent, and copious outpouring of (something, typically words or feelings). ; sentence: We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape. ; POS: noun
3. word: tunic ; definition: a loose garment, typically sleeveless and reaching to the wearer's knees, as worn in ancient Greece and Rome. ; sentence: Then our body, losing all sense, rolled over and over on the moss, dry leaves in our tunic, in our hair, in our face. ; POS: noun
4. word: togas ; definition: a loose flowing outer garment worn by the citizens of ancient Rome, made of a single piece of cloth and covering the whole body apart from the right arm. ; sentence: For they were not white tunics, nor white togas; they were of all colors, no two of them alike. ; POS: noun
5. word: seized ; definition: take hold of suddenly and forcibly ; sentence: Then our hands seized a branch and swung us high into a tree... ; POS: verb

Literary Device: personification
giving human qualities to nonhuman things
Example From the Text:
"It may sleep, but it will awaken."
Literary Device:
an extreme exaggeration
Example From the Text:
"...of greater strength than we had ever achieved before."
Literary Device:
creating a clear picture in the readers mind that appeals to one or more of their senses
Example From the Text:
"And we came to a stream which lay as a streak of glass among the trees. It lay so still that we saw no water but only a cut in the earth, in which the trees grew down, upturned, and the sky lay at the bottom."
A dystopian society is characterized by human misery.
An example of a modern day dystopian society is factory work, in which humans seem automated and made to work as a machine on assembly lines. Workers are overworked, underpaid, and suffer from complete alienation.
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