The Anthem: Mind Control Essay

856 Words Jan 1st, 2012 4 Pages
Within the pages of Ayn Rand’s novel, Anthem, a government which resembles a dictatorship is exhibited. Both the leaders and the society itself seek to control mans body and mind as they follow ideals similar to that of a communist party. The leaders and society in Anthem seek to control mans mind using tactics such as collectivism and suppression of the past to accomplish a tyrannical end. The practices of a collective society such as the one in this book disregard all belief in the individual. By doing this, the society and its leaders brainwash the people into having no personal priority or authority. Everything is done with the betterment of the entire group in mind, no sense of self involvement. Their life is fated in almost every …show more content…
Even he felt cursed with his unaccepted appearance, “It is only we, Equality 7-2521, we alone who were born with a curse. For we are not like our brothers” (20). This collectivism and brainwashing which it involves leads to ignorance as people are never given the opportunity to see what they are capable of on their own. In addition to collectivism, making sure that the past remains unmentioned also contributes to the accomplishment of the destruction of mans mind. The times before the Great Rebirth are not to be talked about. Members of the society are told that the way they are living now is much better, that the past was evil. In reality it is just another element which aids in creating a contoured reality for the citizens of the society. The reader is told that, “It is only the Old Ones who whisper about it in the evenings, in the Home of the Useless.” Its a bit ironic that they are in the Home of the Useless while they know more than the average man about things that were deemed unmentionable. Rand did that on purpose as it is more false information being fed to the community. The elderly are not actually useless but if they were not put in this home, with a label of unimportance, the secrets of the past would have leaked long ago. Equality continues with more detail, “They whisper many strange things, of the towers which rose to the sky,

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