- In a world that places the good of society above all else, why is a man with a revolutionary invention that would benefit everyone forced to run for his life?
- Why is the hero willing to risk being burned at the stake in order to discover the meaning of the unspeakable word?
- What does Equality 7-2521 discover in the Uncharted Forest that removes his original dread of the place?
- Compare the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden with the story of Equality 7-2521. For what “sins” were each condemned? In what ways are Equality 7-2521 and Adam similar? How do they differ?
- Anthem is set in a totalitarian future. But unlike the societies depicted in Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, Anthem presents a future in which candles and glazed windows are the latest advances. What point about technology was Ayn Rand making by portraying such a primitive future, and how do the events of the story establish that point?
- For each of the following quotations, explain its role in the story and its wider significance:
- “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think.”
- “I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning.”
- “I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them.”
Biographical Material on Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (DVD)
Ayn Rand, by Jeff Britting
Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”, edited by Robert Mayhew
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