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Anthem by Ayn Rand
Transcript of Anthem by Ayn Rand
by Ayn Rand
"There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men."
-Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905.
- She taught herself to read and write at age 6.
- She disliked communism/collectivism of the USSR.
- Her family moved to Crimea before her father's businesses were seized, and the family nearly starved.
- Rand thought America was the model place for free men.
- In 1925, she was able to leave Russia for a "short visit" with relatives in the United States. She never returned.
- She struggled at many non-writing jobs before publishing her first novel, The Fountainhead in 1943.
- Rand died in 1982 in New York City.
Ayn Rand Bio
What you see is what you get.
Use your brain.
Reap what you sow.
Things happen behind the scenes.
Use your heart.
Sharing is caring.
Chapter 1, Part 1
1. Who is/are the narrator(s)?
2. What are some of the crimes being committed?
3. What is the time period?
4. What is written on the wall?
5. Is this society collectivist or objectivist?
6. What is life like for children, teenagers, and adults?
Journal Questions: Write a five-sentence paragraph to answer one of the following:
1. Analyze the effect of eliminating the word "I" from society? What would happen? Why would people want to accomplish this?
2. Can you guess why Equality views his interest in science as a curse.
Chapter 1, Part 2
1. What job does Equality get assigned?
2. How do his days go?
3. What is the life expectancy here?
4. Why is it evil to have friends?
5. What do International and Equality find?
6. What becomes Equality's new routine?
1. How does the legal system work in this society as compared to our current system?
2. Why is Equality at peace for the first time in 20 years? What does this mean men are meant to do?
1. What do women do in this society?
2. How does Equality commit the Transgression of Preference again?
3. What is family life like here? Why?
4. Why does Equality hate his brothers suddenly?
5. Why shouldn't Equality care whether he lives or dies?
6. What signs are there that all men aren't happy?
7. What happened to the cities of the Unmentionable Times?
8. Describe the execution of the "saint."
1. Describe the increasing signs of rebellion shown by Equality.
2. Explain the significance of Equality's conversation with Liberty. Why is what they said to one another a big deal?
Chapters 3, 4, and 5
1. What power has Equality discovered?
2. Why is The Golden One so taken aback by Equality calling her, "Our dearest one?"
3. Why aren't there patrols to keep Equality and Liberty from talking?
4. What is Equality's plan once he discovers the light?
5. Why does he think he'll be forgiven?
6. Why does Equality want to see his face?
1. How does Equality embody his name, "The Unconquered?"
2. Analyze Rand's description of the light as "a thin crack in the wall of a prison." How is this true for Equality?
Chapters 6 and 7
1. How does Equality get caught?
2. What happens to him?
3. What becomes Equality's reason for working?
4. How do the scholars react to the light?
5. Why is there no progress in this society?
6. What is Equality's one regret in leaving?
1. Why is it so easy for Equality to escape? What does this suggest about people in this society?
2. Why is it evil to "lighten the toil" of men?
Chapters 8 and 9
1. How does Equality start to realize his freedom?
2. Why does he feel "pride in eating?"
3. Why does Equality delight in his own reflection?
4. Why don't people pursue them?
5. According to Equality, where does joy come from?
6. Why isn't "We love you," as good as "I love you?"
1. How does Liberty's choice to be "damned," with Equality differ from collectivism?
2. How do Equality and Liberty mirror Adam and Eve?
Chapters 10 and 11
1. How old is the house they've found?
2. Who lived in the house from the Unmentionable Times?
3. How does Rand give the impression that the Unmentionable Times were better to live in?
4. What conclusions does Equality come to, having found the Unspeakable Word?
5. Who does he owe love or service to?
6. What is the evil of the word, "We?"
1. Provide evidence that it hasn't been thousands of years since "The Great Rebirth."
2. What does Equality realize is his reason for living?
1. How did Equality find the Unspeakable Word?
2. Compare Prometheus to Equality.
3. What are some of his plans?
4. What will he do to the City?
5. What is the only thing that can take away man's freedom?
Ego is "the I or self of any person," or "a person as thinking, feeling, willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others." Why, in Equality's mind, is it the sacred word?
I exist to live my own life.
My mind tells me about the world.
I owe no one, and no one owes me.
I choose who I work with and who I love.