Anthem Style Analysis


The book anthem by Ayn Rand is about a person named equality7-2521. This book takes place in the future where everything is quite different. The word “I” does not exist and all the people, or “brothers”, of the world must refer to themselves as “we” or “our” instead of I and my. Everyone is equal and have names with numbers and a different prefix. Their name is written out on an iron bracelet on their hands. If a brother is different from the rest he is considered to be bad; such as being too tall or strong. They are all raised for a certain time at the “Home of The Students,” which is the school they attend after being taken away from their parents at a very young age. They go to the “Home of The Students” until they are ready. When they are ready, they are taken before the World Council to be assigned a job, which they have for the rest of their life. The main character, Equality 7-2521 is different from everyone else. He is very smart and a good learner. This is considered to be bad in the world. One day he finds a cave and experiments in it for 3 hours a day. He invents a light bulb and considers showing it to the World Council. When he finally decides that he will, he gets rejected and punished for thinking and being better than all his brothers. He runs away and goes to the Uncharted Forest, a forest in which no man has ever gone into and lived. The Golden One follows him, a girl he loves. Her name is actually Liberty 5000. She also loves him and gives him the name, “The Unconquered.” In the forest, they start a new life with his found knowledge of individualism. He learns to use the word “I” and finds the true meaning of ego.


Tone is nature or the pitch given by a story to express the mood or setting in a story. The tone is found in Anthem are excitement and despair. “And them we saw iron rings as steps leading down a shaft in a darkness without bottom.”(p. 31). Equality7-2521 and his friend International 4-8818 were exploring when they found this hole in the ground that a led a large cave underground. They both swore not to tell anyone about it, and it becomes Equality 7-2521’s “laboratory” where he studied his interests and curiosities. “We came to know that we had found the greatest power on earth”(p. 53). Equality 7-2521 was experimenting on a dead frog and its leg moved, his curiosity and its lure of new unknown knowledge lead him to do more research on why its leg moved. He uncovered a secret lay hidden from all men, electricity. “We wish to speak it but we dare not speak it above a whisper”(p. 38). When Equality 7-2521 first meets Liberty 5-3000, he cannot stop thinking about her. He longs for “The Golden One” but it is against the law to look at women. “Many days passed before we could speak to the Golden One again.”(p. 53). The Golden One and Equality 7-2521 like each other and they talk everyday when he passes by where she works in the field with her sisters. Equality 7-2521 has been very busy with his new discoveries and he has not spoken to her but he wishes to be with her.


Diction is the choice of words in a book used by the author or character to describe the thoughts or actions of what the author or character intends for the reader to understand. “It was a great tunnel. Its walls were hard and smooth to the touch; it felt like stone, but it was not stone. On the ground there were long thin tracks of iron, but it was not iron, it felt smooth and cold as glass”(p. 32). This great tunnel, which quickly becomes Equality 7-2521’s laboratory, is described here. He goes down an enormous staircase and reaches the floor to find steel tracks and cement or concrete walls. “The fields are black and ploughed, and they lie like a great fan before us, with their furrows gathered in some hand beyond the sky, spreading