History Literature / Anthem

28th Feb '18 7:42:38 PM meowloudly15
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''Anthem'' is a novella by Creator/AynRand ([[{{Doorstopper}} contrast with]] ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''). It touches on the usual UsefulNotes/{{Objectivis|m}}t themes, but it has a more fantastic, sci-fi setting, and it's pretty much the concentrated embodiment of TheEvilsOfFreeWill. In the future, humanity has fallen into a [[{{Dystopia}} dark age]] brought on by the evils of collectivism. Individualism and freedom have been stamped out to the point where speaking the words "I, me, my, mine, ego" is a crime punishable by death. Society is ruled by several dictatorial Councils that outlaw all new ideas and inventions; as a result, science and the arts have stagnated.

The book is the secret journal of [[YouAreNumberSix Equality 7-2521]], in which he recounts his youth and tells of his emancipation from Ayn Rand's {{dystopia}}. He had been born with a "curse" -- [[RebelliousSpirit a strong sense of curiosity, eagerness to learn and question everything, and an unwillingness to subordinate himself to society]].

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''Anthem'' is a novella by Creator/AynRand ([[{{Doorstopper}} in contrast with]] ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''). It touches on the her usual UsefulNotes/{{Objectivis|m}}t themes, but it has a more fantastic, sci-fi setting, and it's pretty much the concentrated embodiment of TheEvilsOfFreeWill. In the future, humanity has fallen into a [[{{Dystopia}} dark age]] brought on by the evils of collectivism. Individualism and freedom have been stamped out to the point where speaking the words "I, me, my, mine, ego" mine", or "ego" is a crime punishable by death. Society is ruled by several dictatorial oligarchical Councils that outlaw all new ideas and inventions; as a result, science and the arts have stagnated.

The book is the secret journal of [[YouAreNumberSix Equality 7-2521]], in which he recounts his youth and tells of his emancipation from Ayn Rand's {{dystopia}}. He had been born with a "curse" -- [[RebelliousSpirit a strong sense of curiosity, an eagerness to learn and question everything, and [[RebelliousSpirit an unwillingness to subordinate himself to society]].



Not to be confused with the Japanese HeavyMetal band or the Creator/NealStephenson {{Doorstopper}}, Literature/{{Anathem}}.

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Not to be confused with the Japanese HeavyMetal band or band, the Creator/NealStephenson {{Doorstopper}}, Literature/{{Anathem}}.Literature/{{Anathem}}, or [[VideoGame/Anthem2018 the upcoming video game]].



* CardboardPrison: [[spoiler: The protagonist is put in this. Justified trope, in that the captors didn't imagine that anyone would dare escape.]]
* CrapsackWorld: This is a world with a severely reduced population, where lashings and immolation are used as punishments for minor offenses, where it's considered a miracle if anyone lives past 45, where children are taken away from their parents at birth and raised in state orphanages, where curiosity and individuality are harshly discouraged, and where all but the most basic technology has been lost.

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* CardboardPrison: [[spoiler: The protagonist Equality 7-2521 is put in this. one for presenting his discovery of electricity to the Council. He just opens the door and walks out. Justified trope, in that the his captors didn't imagine that anyone would dare escape.]]
* CharacterFilibuster: The last two chapters consist solely of Equality 7-2521 monologuing about how good it is to be an individual.
* CrapsackWorld: This is a world with a severely reduced population, where lashings and immolation are used as punishments for minor offenses, where it's considered a miracle if anyone lives past the age of 45, where children are taken away from their parents at birth and raised in state orphanages, where curiosity and individuality are harshly discouraged, and where all but the most basic technology has been lost.



* HopeSpringsEternal: The Saint of the Pyre represents this; while he's burning at the stake for saying an Unspeakable Word [[note]]I, Me, Mine, Ego[[/note]], he looks at the Hero and nonverbally calls upon him to try and rediscover those same words and the concepts behind them. [[spoiler: When Equality and Liberty, now Prometheus and Gaea, find an old house from before the collapse of society, Prometheus reflects how he plans to find others like him and found a new society based on individuality to overthrow the collectivist one he escaped from]]

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* HopeSpringsEternal: The Saint of the Pyre represents this; while he's burning at the stake for saying an Unspeakable Word [[note]]I, Me, My, Mine, Ego[[/note]], he looks at the Hero and nonverbally calls upon him to try and rediscover those same words and the concepts behind them. [[spoiler: When Equality and Liberty, now Prometheus and Gaea, find an old house from before the collapse of society, society containing books which teach him about those words, Prometheus reflects on how he plans to find others like him and found a new society based on individuality to overthrow the collectivist one he escaped from]]from.]]



* InMediasRes: The book starts with Equality hiding in a dark tunnel, he explains from the beginning why he is there.

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* InMediasRes: The book starts with Equality hiding in a dark tunnel, he explains then explaining from the beginning why he is there.



* LonersAreFreaks: Subverted. Even if Anthem's society doesn't think so, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Loners are awesome!]]

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* LonersAreFreaks: Subverted. Even if Anthem's society doesn't think so, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Loners loners are awesome!]]



* LoveAtFirstSight: Equality and Liberty
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: At the end of the book, our heroes rename themselves Prometheus and Gaea, respectively]].

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Equality and Liberty
Liberty.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: At the end of the book, our heroes rename themselves Prometheus (the bearer of enlightening fire) and Gaea, Gaea (the mother of all gods), respectively]].



* OneSteveLimit: Bizarre example. All people in this world are named a fuzzy, high-sounding word followed by a serial number, but all the characters who appear in the book happen to be assigned different words. Presumably, the names are re-used when their previous owners die.
* PlanetOfHats: Everyone is the same in this world, by force.

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* OneSteveLimit: Bizarre example. All people in this world are named a fuzzy, high-sounding word followed by a serial number, but all the characters who appear in the book happen to be assigned different words. Presumably, the names are re-used when their previous owners die.
* PlanetOfHats: Everyone is the same in this world, by force.or else.



* YouAreNumberSix: No one has names in this dystopia. They're all "Equality #". The main character is Equality 7-2521.

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* YouAreNumberSix: No one has names in this dystopia. They're all "Equality "{{MeaninglessMeaningfulWord|s}} #". The main character is Equality 7-2521.
16th Sep '17 11:49:09 PM Timjames98
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* RapeByProxy: In this society sex is forbidden outside of a mating ritual that takes place once a year, and for which everyone over the age of eighteen must participate in whether they want to or not. They have no choice over who their partner is, and any resulting children are taken away at birth. Equality 7-2521 had to participate in two of these rituals; he found the whole experience disgusting and was terrified by the thought of Liberty 5-3000 having to perform such a ritual (fortunately she was 17). [[spoiler: When Equality 7-2521 finally had sex with Liberty 5-3000, by his own choice, he realized how wonderful sex can be when it's consensual]].
16th Sep '17 11:44:25 PM Timjames98
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* CrapsackWorld: This is a world with a severely reduced population, where lashings and emulation are used as punishments for minor offenses, where it's considered a miracle if anyone lives past 45, where children are taken away from their parents at birth and raised in state orphanages, where curiosity and individuality are harshly discouraged, and where all but the most basic technology has been lost.

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* CrapsackWorld: This is a world with a severely reduced population, where lashings and emulation immolation are used as punishments for minor offenses, where it's considered a miracle if anyone lives past 45, where children are taken away from their parents at birth and raised in state orphanages, where curiosity and individuality are harshly discouraged, and where all but the most basic technology has been lost.
27th Aug '17 10:14:08 PM Timjames98
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* HopeSpringsEternal: The Saint of the Pyre represents this; while he's burning at the stake for saying an Unspeakable Word [[note]]
I, Me, Mine, Ego [[/note]], he looks at the Hero and nonverbally calls upon him to try and rediscover those same words and the concepts behind them. [[spoiler: When Equality and Liberty, now Prometheus and Gaea, find an old house from before the collapse of society, Prometheus reflects how he plans to find others like him and found a new society based on individuality to overthrow the collectivist one he escaped from]]

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* HopeSpringsEternal: The Saint of the Pyre represents this; while he's burning at the stake for saying an Unspeakable Word [[note]]
I,
[[note]]I, Me, Mine, Ego [[/note]], Ego[[/note]], he looks at the Hero and nonverbally calls upon him to try and rediscover those same words and the concepts behind them. [[spoiler: When Equality and Liberty, now Prometheus and Gaea, find an old house from before the collapse of society, Prometheus reflects how he plans to find others like him and found a new society based on individuality to overthrow the collectivist one he escaped from]]
27th Aug '17 10:13:48 PM Timjames98
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* CrapsackWorld: This is a world with a severely reduced population, where lashings and emulation are used as punishments for minor offenses, where it's considered a miracle if anyone lives past 45, where children are taken away from their parents at birth and raised in state orphanages, where curiosity and individuality are harshly discouraged, and where all but the most basic technology has been lost.



* HopeSpringsEternal: The Saint of the Pyre represents this; while he's burning at the stake for saying an Unspeakable Word [[note]]
I, Me, Mine, Ego [[/note]], he looks at the Hero and nonverbally calls upon him to try and rediscover those same words and the concepts behind them. [[spoiler: When Equality and Liberty, now Prometheus and Gaea, find an old house from before the collapse of society, Prometheus reflects how he plans to find others like him and found a new society based on individuality to overthrow the collectivist one he escaped from]]



* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered. [[spoiler: Equality rediscovers electricity all on his own. When he takes this to the House of Scholars they vote against it and refuse to look into it further, implying the technological regression isn't due to difficulty but compliance.]]

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* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered. [[spoiler: Equality rediscovers electricity all on his own. When he takes this to the House of Scholars they vote against it and refuse to look into it further, implying the technological regression isn't is due to difficulty but compliance.the discouragement of curiosity.]]



* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The World Council, which controls the entire society and keeps it the way it is.



%%* PropheticName: Liberty 5-3000

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%%* * PropheticName: Liberty 5-30005-3000, who ends up rediscovering individual freedom alongside Equality 7-2521.
27th Aug '17 9:55:53 PM Timjames98
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%%* IndividualityIsIllegal: Deconstructed.

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%%* * IndividualityIsIllegal: Deconstructed.To the point where even using a singular pronoun is punishable by death.



* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered. [[spoiler: Equality rediscovers electricity all on his own]].

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* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered. [[spoiler: Equality rediscovers electricity all on his own]].own. When he takes this to the House of Scholars they vote against it and refuse to look into it further, implying the technological regression isn't due to difficulty but compliance.]]


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* TakingUpTheMantle: The Saint of the Pyre, while being executed for speaking an Unspeakable Word, looks a young Equality 7-2521 in the eyes to nonverbally beg the boy to rediscover individuality.
27th Aug '17 8:11:57 PM Timjames98
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* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered.

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* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered. [[spoiler: Equality rediscovers electricity all on his own]].
27th Aug '17 8:11:19 PM Timjames98
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* LostTechnology: Most modern technology. By the time the story takes place, Candles had only recently been rediscovered.
1st Nov '16 9:55:04 PM Eagal
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* AuthorTract

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* AuthorTractAuthorTract: Like many of Ayn Rand's works, the evils of "collectivism" (the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it) is at the forefront of this book.



* {{Dystopia}} - arguably of the [[MarySuetopia Straw]] variety

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* {{Dystopia}} - arguably {{Dystopia}}: A society of the [[MarySuetopia Straw]] varietycomplete equality, whether its inhabitants like it or not.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Equality, at first.
* IndividualityIsIllegal: Deconstructed.
* InMediasRes
* [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation Individualism Equals Isolation]]: [[spoiler: Prometheus does have Gaea, but it's still just the two of them in the middle of nowhere]].

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Equality, The main character, at first.
* %%* IndividualityIsIllegal: Deconstructed.
* InMediasRes
InMediasRes: The book starts with Equality hiding in a dark tunnel, he explains from the beginning why he is there.
* [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation Individualism Equals Isolation]]: IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: [[spoiler: Prometheus does have Gaea, but it's still just the two of them in the middle of nowhere]].



* PlanetOfHats

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* PlanetOfHatsPlanetOfHats: Everyone is the same in this world, by force.



* PropheticName: Liberty 5-3000

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* %%* PropheticName: Liberty 5-3000



* TheUbermensch: Equality 7-2521.
* YouAreNumberSix

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* %%* TheUbermensch: Equality 7-2521.
* YouAreNumberSixYouAreNumberSix: No one has names in this dystopia. They're all "Equality #". The main character is Equality 7-2521.
8th Aug '15 12:15:14 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Deconstructed. Anthem's dystopia is ''built'' on this concept. [[CaptainObvious It isn't a nice place to live]].

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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Deconstructed. Anthem's dystopia is ''built'' on this concept. [[CaptainObvious It isn't a nice place to live]].live.
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