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Egoism in Anthem
Transcript of Egoism in Anthem
By: Angela, Gayatri, and Amber
Egoism states that each man's primary moral obligation is to achieve his own welfare, well-being, or self interest... He should be selfish' in the sense of being the beneficiary of his own moral actions (Glossary 12).
"We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the state. Amen" (Rand 21).
Explanation of Quote #1:
In this quote, you can see that egoism is not a part of the people's lives. They don't do anything for themselves, which is the complete opposite of egoism.
Contributions To Purpose:
The quote gets the message across to the reader through diction. It uses words such as "brothers" and "We are nothing. Mankind is all".
"I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man's soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet" (Rand 96).
EXPLANATION OF Quote #2:
"I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose" (Rand 95).
Explanation of Quote #3:
"Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars" (Rand 95).
Explanation of Quote #4:
Works Cited Page:
In this quote, egoism is displayed by showing that the main character is no longer thinking about the world as a whole. He has come to realize that he is his own person.
Anthem, by Ayn Rand.S.1.:New American Library, 1995. Print
In my quote egoism is displayed by "Prometheus". He uses the word "I" over and over. In this quote he came to the realization that he doesn't have to get up everyday and do something for everyone. He's on his own and whatever he continues to do from this point on in his life is for him and he's okay with that.
Contribution to Purpose
Contributions to Purpose:
This quote gets the message across by diction. In the quote there are words like I, and me to show self-interest.
This quote shows egoism because he doesn't have to be everyone's ticket to accomplishment. The character doesn't need to be taken advantage of anymore.
This quote gets the message across by using diction. He has changed the words he was using and is now using words to just describe himself.
Contributions to purpose:
This quote gets the message across by using characterization. In the quote the character explains that he doesn't want to be just a another pawn.