ANTHEM, BY AYN RAND - A HYPERINK QUICKLET (OBJECTIVISM, ARCHITECTURE)
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ABOUT THE BOOK You don't have to live under a socialist government for Ayn Rand's Anthem to strike home. Even in the American system, people have a tendency to lose their sense of individuality after childhood. There's no way to avoid being grouped by class; everyone falls into a category: white collar, blue collar, or something in between. In Anthem, Ayn Rand illuminates a flaw that exists not just in socialist design, but in human nature: a tendency to devalue the individual. After reading the book, I could not help but consider how often I refer to people in the collective, according to their role in my own life. I define them by their role in society, rather than by their individuality: the car salesman, the plumber, the garbage man. This is the lasting impact of Rand's work: not her courage to speak out against the Russian government, but her warning to all mankind to think. She demands that individualism be respected and stereotypes be ignored. She reminds us to define ourselves from an egocentric perspective, rather than letting the demands of society determine our fates. MEET THE AUTHOR The Hyperink Team works hard to bring you high-quality, engaging, fun content. If ever you have any questions about our products, or suggestions for how we can make them better, please don't hesitate to contact us! Happy reading! EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Rand first developed the concept for her novella Anthem while still in high school. She wanted to write a response to the Russian revolutions she had witnessed, and she originally intended to write it as a theatrical script or screenplay. However, after reading a piece in the Saturday Evening Post about science fiction, she decided that this emerging genre was a better vehicle for her story. She completed the book during the summer of 1937 and began looking for a publisher. Rand initially offered Anthem to Cassell in Britain and Macmillan in America.