Anthem by Ayn Rand
History of the Novel
Ayn Rand was a teenager in Russia during the Kerensky revolution and the Bolshevik revolution. The Kerensky revolution overthrew Alexander Kerensky, a leader who took Democracy and made his own twisted version of it. Rand supported the Revolution but vehemently opposed the Bolshevik revolution, a bloody revolution, that lead to left wings, or people that supported extreme equality, taking control.
Ayn Rand wrote Anthem in 1937, but it was published in 1938. Most publisher said Rand did not understand Socialism, and rejected her novella. One publisher, Cassell, accepted it and published it quickly. It was not a big seller until 1946.
Anthem is a story about the future where individual rights are stripped away and everyone lives for the betterment of the one and only government. The Council of Vocations issues everyone there jobs, and everyone has a virtue and number as there name. Equality 7-2521 is a street sweeper, who tries to be an inventor, but is immediately shot down by the council. He points out the idea of his invention, but they want to destroy it. He runs off with it before they can destroy it. As he tries to understand the motives of his society, he soon learns the truth and wants a world of true freedom.