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In 1937 Ayn Rand a former citizen of the Soviet Union completed her second novel Anthem Unable to find a publisher in America the first edition of Anthem was published in England around 1938 After the success of her later works The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged Anthem was published once again to much success in the US Those that are not familiar with Rands work must understand that her writing mirrors her strong beliefs of individual freedom and her particular distaste for socialist societies Anthem is Rands tale of Equality 7-2521 a man who naturally questions the world in which he lives a collective society that lives for their brothers Individuality has been depleted in the world of Anthem to the extent that the words I me and ego are not used in everyday language and are considered to be the highest of transgressions with a penalty of death The plot centers on Equalitys life he tells us that throughout his life he was often punished for being different from that of his brothers In Chapter One Equality writes in his journal It was not that the learning was too hard for us It was that the learning was too easy This is a great sin to be born with a head which is too quick It is not good to be different from our brothers but it is evil to be superior to them Rand 10 After Equalitys years in the Home of the Students he hopes to be assigned to work in the Council of the Scholars but instead is assigned to be a street sweeper Several years pass and he becomes unhappier with each passing day By luck he discovers an underground tunnel and begins conducting experiments eventually creating a contraption quite similar to a light bulb He works up the courage to show it to the Council of Scholars who condemn his invention and tell him What is not thought
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