ISBN 9780451191137,Anthem







Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 1996

ISBN 9780451191137

ISBN-10 0451191137


Number of Pages 253 Pages
Language (English)


Published first in the year 1938, Anthem is a novel that revolves around Equality, and his attempt to bring about change in a society where individualistic ideas are barred. Summary Of The Book Anthem is set in a dark age in which the concept of individuality is completely eliminated. The protagonist of the novel is Equality 7-2521, who is a 6 foot tall, 21 year old male. He begins to document his experiences about events around him, and his emigration. The World Council had planned to destroy all individualist ideas, which led to serious consequences such as death, if a person even uttered I, me, ego or myself. He recounts the time when he was growing up, and was placed in the Home of the Infants, followed by the Home of the Students to complete his education. Equality 7-2521 was different from the rest of the people around him, as he desired to think and achieve his goals. Although he was extremely good at math and science, Equality 7-2521 was placed by the Council of Vocations in the Home of the Street Sweepers. He always dreamt of becoming a Scholar. One day, Equality 7-2521 went to work outside the city, and fell in love with a woman, Liberty 5-3000, whom he names “The Golden One”. Liberty 5-3000 then names Equality “The Unconquered”. Equality soon rediscovers electricity, and desires to present it to the World Council of Scholars. After being arrested due to his absence from the Home of the Street Sweepers, he eventually escapes after being tortured. The World Council of Scholars reject his work, as they believe his work could disrupt the peace in the world. When they try to destroy his invention, Equality takes it, and runs into the Uncharted Forest. Is Equality able to display his invention to the world or is he captured and thrown in prison? This book answers these questions and more. About Ayn Rand Ayn Rand was a philosopher, author, playwright, and screenwriter. Some of Rand’s literary works include The Virtue Of Selfishness, The Romantic Manifesto, Introduction To Objectivist Epistemology, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Rand was born on 2nd February, 1905, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. She finished her schooling in the Crimea at the age of 16. Universities were opened to women after the Russian Revolution, and Rand was among the first group of women to join Petrograd State University. Rand studied in the department of social pedagogy and majored in history. She was then introduced to the works of Plato and Aristotle, who influenced her greatly. During the 1960s, and 70s, Rand began to propagate her Objectivist philosophy though her books, and often spoke at educational institutions such as Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and MIT. In 1963, the Lewis & Clark College awarded Rand with an honorary doctorate. She was married to Frank O’Connor. Rand passed away on 6th March, 1982, in New York City.

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