Review of Anthem by Ayn Rand

16 Sep

Anthem by Ayn Rand is a disturbing look at a terrifying future where no man is allowed to think with his own mind. It is as if every City Hall told every single person what their job should be, at what time they should wake up in the morning, what to eat, when to go outside, and many other commands. But it is not the only book like this. This story is strikingly similar to The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau and The Giver by Lois Lowry. In all of these books there is an unknown place that is forbidden, like the Uncharted Forest in Anthem, the Unknown Regions in The City of Ember, and where Jonas leaves to at the end in The Giver. Whenever a city tries to make a utopia, it always turns out to be a dystopia. Nothing is perfect when there is an attempt to make something just right.

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One Response to “Review of Anthem by Ayn Rand”

  1. Michael Caution September 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    This common theme speaks to the fact that when you crush individual freedom the result will always be disastrous.

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