Selfishness and Selflessness in The Fountainhead

The impact literature can impose on society remains striking even to this day. Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead contains themes that resonated so significantly with readers that it triggered a political movement, and assisted in forming the Libertarian party. The Fountainhead often referred to as “a novel of ideas,” brings some illuminating claims surrounding selfishness … Read more

How Ayn Rand Pushes Philosophy Over Altruism In Her Novel, ‘The Fountainhead’

A Balancing Act: How Ayn Rand Pushes Her Philosophy Objectivism over Altruism In Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the author uses her protagonist, Howard Roark, to represent the ideal man. Roark is characterized as static, passionate about architecture, and indifferent towards others. If he displays benevolence, it is because it benefits him and does not detract … Read more

Anthem Paper

“We do not think of them as Liberty 5-3000 any longer. We have given them a name in our thoughts. We call them the Golden One. But it is a sin to give men names which distinguish them from other men. Yet we call them the Golden One, for they are not like the others. … Read more

Rand’s “Anthem”

Anthem, a science fiction novel, deals with a future primitive society in which the forbidden word “I”, which is punishable, has been replaced by “We”. Anthem’s theme seems to be about the meaning and glory of man’s ego.  In this novel, Rand shows that the individualism needed for building a complex technological civilization has been … Read more

Anthem by Ayn Rand: Book Report

A standard rule of writing states that one should refrain from using the word “I” in one’s writing. Somehow this rule seems singularly inappropriate when writing about the book Anthem. I wish to talk about my thoughts on this work. I will not abstract my ideas so that I can refer to them without referring … Read more

Anthem – Story Of Struggle

Anthem is a story of man’s struggle to be free and to fight the masses of conformity. It tells of human nature and the want to gain all the knowledge that one could possibly attain. Man loses his safe haven and his security when he lets this lust for knowledge overpower him and lets it … Read more

Anthem Review

As the novel opens Equality 7-2521 states that what he’s doing is a sin. In his society it is a sin to do things that do not involve others, and the words he thinks and writes are for no one eyes to see or hear, but his own. In his society everyone thinks the same, … Read more

Ayn Rand’s Anthem

When born into the world, you are sheltered and nourished. When the appropriate age is reached you begin your schooling. Once your education is complete you are employed and work with complete security in your trade. At forty years of age you retire and spend the rest of your days with your peers, with everything … Read more

Anthem By Ayn Rand: Book Review

Imagine a world where the individual has been repressed to the point that the word I no longer exists. Now, as hellish as that sounds, imagine that you are the only one who has the capability to break free from the iron fists that are choking you and your brothers. This is the life of … Read more

Anthem by Ayn Rand: A Review

The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand tells the story of Equality 7-2521, an individual living in a communal society devoid of human individuality. Equality 7-2521 began his life in the Home of Infants and was educated in the Home of Students. He had a keen mind and excelled at his school work; however, he was … Read more

Anthem Style Analysis

The book Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a person named Equality 7-2521. This book takes place in the future where everything is quite different. The word I does not exist and all the people, or brothers, of the world must refer to themselves as we or our instead of I and my. Everyone is … Read more

Archetypes in Ayn Rand’s Anthem

(p. 18) “The walls are cracked and water runs upon them in thin threads without sound, black and glistening as blood.” Water represents the mystery of creation, the cycle of death, and rebirth. The color black is a color of mystery and the unknown. The Home of the Street Sweepers is a mystery to Equality. He doesn’t understand … Read more