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Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, is a story set in a world where communism is the way of life. The main character in this book is a very enthusiastic boy named Equality 7-2521. Equality 7-2521 is the type of guy who loves to read every book you put in his hands. Equality 7-2521 is a brilliant boy. In Equality 7-2521's society boys and girls are both given jobs at age fifteen. The jobs are given to them by a select group called the Council of Vocations. The Council of Vocations gave Equality 7-2521 the job as a street sweeper. The street sweeper job is not a big one; due to the fact all they do is clean the streets day and night. Many people that are given the jobs of a street sweeper are not the brightest; Equality 7-2521 is the opposite. He is one of the smartest in his class and the Council of Vocations knows that. Equality 7-2521 wanted to be elected to The Home of the Scholars, who develop technology to improve the society. One of the inventions developed by the Home of the Scholars was the candle. Equality 7-2521 loved the candle and was so fascinated with it. When he was younger he discovered a tunnel where he could go and get away from everyone. In this tunnel he invented one of the town's greatest inventions, the light bulb. During the story, Equality 7-2521 goes to a mating house, where people pair you up with your mate. In Equality 7-2521's world the world "I" is never used, because in Communism there is no "I," just "we" Buy this book to find out what happens to Equality 7-2521.
About the Author
Ayn Rand (1905-1982), was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand immigrated to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935-1936. She first achieved fame in 1943 with her novel The Fountainhead, which in 1957 was followed by her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Rand's political views, reflected in both her fiction and her theoretical work, emphasize individual rights (including property rights) and laissez-faire capitalism, enforced by a constitutionally limited government. She was a fierce opponent of all forms of collectivism and statism, including fascism, communism, socialism, and the welfare state, and promoted ethical egoism while rejecting the ethic of altruism. She considered reason to be the only means of acquiring knowledge and the most important aspect of her philosophy, stating, "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows."