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About the Author

  • Ayn Rand
  • 1905-1982
  • Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Disliked the mysticism (acceptance of allegations without proof or evidence) and collectivism of Russian culture (communism)
  • Studied psychology and history in college
  • Liked America’s freedom

About the Author

  • Eventually went to Hollywood where
  • Cecil B. DeMille (big-time movie director of the
  • 10s-50s –The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth, Cleopatra) saw her at the studio gate and gave her a job as an extra.
  • Met actor Frank O’Connor that week.
    • He later became her husband.
  • Worked behind the scenes in Hollywood then eventually wrote her first novel, We the Living, in 1934.
    • It is about Soviet tyranny.
  • Wrote Anthem in 1938.

Terms to Know

Terms to Know

  • Dystopia
    • A fictional society in which people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.
      • The Hunger Games
      • Divergent Series
      • The Matrix
      • The Giver
      • Matched
      • Fahrenheit 451
      • 1984
      • Brave New World
      • Can you think of others?

Terms to Know

  • Collectivism
    • Suppression of the individual to a group (a race, class, state).
    • Man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.”
  • Pros and Cons?
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; Ask what you can do for your country.”
  • John F. Kennedy

Basic Info

  • Setting: In the future; unidentified city
  • Characters have names and numbers
    • Equality – 2521
  • All characters refer to themselves as “we” and “our” rather than “I” and “me”.
    • This goes along with the collectivism idea.

Themes in Anthem

  • In Ayn Rand’s words, the primary thematic idea of the novella is “The Meaning of man’s ego.”
    • Additional Thematic Topics are:
      • Collectivism
      • Individuality
      • Conformity
      • Equality

Think About It—Choose a Side

  • Equality will never truly exist in society? Agree or Disagree. Explain
  • Conformity is the only way to truly feel accepted in today’s society? Agree or Disagree. Explain
  • Individuality should be more important than the collective group. Agree or Disagree. Explain
  • True individuality can never be achieved in our society. Agree or Disagree. explain

You could win MONEY!!

  • Ayn Rand Institute (Essay Contest)
  • This essay will be mandatory and assigned at a later date.


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