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Anthem a science fiction novel deals with a future primitive societyin which the forbidden word I which is punishable has been replaced byWe Anthems theme seems to be about the meaning and glory of mans egoIn this novel Rand shows that the individualism needed for building acomplex technological civilization has been suppressed by collectivismRand glorifies mans individual ability to think and appeals to emotionThe emotion is displayed at various time throughout the story theencounters of Equality and Liberty on the occasion regarding the discoveryof the light bulb and during the time the two find the house in which theywill live in for the remainder of their lives One day while Equality was tending to his job as street sweeper hecame across a beautiful young woman taking care of the fields Eventhough it is forbidden he decides to go over and talk to her While theywere talking we see the first sign of emotions when Their face did notmove and they did not avert their eyes Only their eyes grew wider andthere was triumph in their eyes and it was not triumph over us but overthings we could not guess Later Liberty follows Equality into theforest and the first sign of forbidden love is shown when we bent toraise the Golden One to their feet but when we touched them it was as ifmadness had stricken us We seized their body and we pressed our lips to Equality is excited with the joy of learning when he finishes his workof building a light bulb WE MADE IT WE CREATED IT We brought it forthfrom the night of the ages We alone Our hands Our mind Ours aloneand only We know not what we are saying Our head is reeling Theemotion shown by Equality after having just built the light bulb is prideand happiness because he has just created some power unknown but to thepeople of the Unmentionable times After he fully realizes what
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