Anthem / LESSON 10
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Anthemlesson 10

Anthem and Other Dystopian Novels: 1984 and Brave New World

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How does Ayn Rand’s Anthem compare to two other well-known works of dystopian literature: 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley? Unlike Anthem, Brave New World depicts a society in which advanced technology goes hand in hand with totalitarian collectivism. Unlike Anthem, 1984 depicts a world in which the individual has no chance to succeed or escape. What accounts for these differences? Is evil really an all-powerful, inescapable force? Are science and technology really compatible with the collectivist mindset? How does Anthem’s critique of collectivism differ from that of these other works?

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Keith Lockitch

Keith Lockitch is the vice president of educational programs and a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He teaches, writes and speaks for ARI, and oversees all of its educational programs.

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