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Anthem

The True Importance of Individuality

Ayn Rand's Anthem truthfully explores a consolidated collectivist society from which a man struggles to discover a way to escape the evasion and lies of this totalitarian government, while simultaneously trying to find the meaning of his own life as an individual, not as a group.Equality 7-2521, the protagonist that attempts and succeeds in achieving freedom, emphasizes the main point of the story by stating phrases that enable the reader to understand more clearly the destructive consequences of the word "we", as well as the importance of common individuality through the word "I".
"My happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it.My happiness is not the means to any end.It is the end." (pg. 95) Equality 7-2521 begins to fully realize his importance as an individual after discovering the word "I" as a means to decipher one another through an ancient book that he recovers.He justifies and proves his unsurpassable happiness of his breakthrough.His expression accentuates the realization of his forthcoming as an individual, which also represents the end of his quest that he has worked so diligently to achieve.Equality 7-2521's happiness is everything that he wishes to achieve, the basic meaning in life that he hopes and struggles to attain only for himself, not for his exalted "brothers"."Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish.I am not a tool for their use, servant of their needs, a sacrifice on their altars."(pg. 95) Equality 7-2521 knows that he is not to be taken advantage of.He is an individual, with his own rights, knowing he has the ability to participate in his own thoughts in his own private existence that belongs to nobody but himself.
"We know that we are evil, but there is no will in us and no power to resist it." (pg. 18) Before Equality 7-2521 discovers the …