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The City in Anthem has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not.

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Rules and Regulations Question: The City in Anthem has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not. Answer: Ayn Rand's Anthem is the story of a man's personal growth and quest for freedom from the rules and regulations in the society, which he lived. As the novel's protagonist, Prometheus struggles to find meaning in his life and to understand his own unique nature. As he gains independence and freedom, Prometheus also discovers the beauty of his soul and the power of his mind. By the end of the novel, Prometheus has become a true man, proud, fearless, exuberant, and independent. He has also learned the evils of his society and in addition to rejecting them; he has begun a war against them. In following Prometheus on his quest to find himself, Anthem illustrates the evils of collectivism by depicting a society of frightened and oppressed men, crushed under the needs of the common good. ...read more.

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"I", which no man may speak nor hear; but sometimes, somewhere, one among men will find the word upon scraps of old manuscripts or cut into the fragments of ancient stones. There is no crime punished by death in this world. Prometheus being in the house of the street sweepers had a lot of knowledge in compared with those in the house of scholars. He began to collect old manuscripts from the house of the scholars secretly and would start experiments in the new tunnel which he and his friend had kept as a secret. His continuous experiments in the tunnel lead to the discovery of the light bulb, which he decided to present to the world council of scholars who were to be there a month from the day he found it. He felt very happy about his discovery and his huge help to the society. However, before he could present his light bulb to the world council of scholars, the council of street sweepers questioned him for his behavior of coming late to the dorm and going away from the dorm during dark. ...read more.

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Prometheus realizes that mankind cannot survive and will only regress into nothingness if individual success or creativity is outlawed. This knowledge isolates Prometheus and makes him feel the need to flee and live in his own, separate, but very real, world. He liberates himself from any responsibility to others or to the past. He sacrifices a certain constancy and security unique to collectivist societies when he frees himself. He starts the process of self-liberation after being rejected, because he is finally confronted with the flaws of his society. Prometheus realizes that security is not real and life is not constant. He feels that there is something in life which is hidden in the world of customs, which he realizes in his free new world. In his new society of liberty and himself, he proposes a life which is free from these customs or rules since, he would not like his new world to be a collectivist society. In this world free from customs Prometheus discovers the word "I", when he decides to make sure that this word would not die on this earth, for it is the heart of the meaning and the glory. ...read more.

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