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Anthem as Ayn Rand's Hymn to Man's Ego

Aaron Smith

Presented at: Anthem Discussion Series 2020

Date: Apr 10, 2020

This session examines Anthem's central hero, Equality 7-2521, and what he regards initially as his "curse": his intense desire to know and value independently in a world that regards this as the cardinal evil. The session highlights both how and why his view of his "curse" changes over the course of the story, culminating with a discussion of the final two chapters, which Ayn Rand regarded as containing the book's actual anthem to man's ego.


Parts: 1

Handout: none