Ayd Rand Fellowship for Teen Writers

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Read the novel Anthem and write an essay on one of the following topics below. It’s never to early to start getting ready for this competition. It’s a few months away but why not start reading the novel now?

Eligibility

8th, 9th, and 10th graders.

Entry Deadline:

March 25, 2016

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:

  • “It is a sin to write this.” So begins Anthem. But by the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has a different moral assessment of his action. Do you think Equality’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct? Why or why not? Explain.
  • By the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has changed his mind and become very critical of the leaders of his society, denouncing them in moral terms. Do you think he is correct to do so? Why or why not? Do you think he would agree with the advice that Rand offers in her short essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”? Explain. *
  • Anthem portrays a totalitarian world of the future. In contrast to other such portrayals, the world of Anthemis technologically primitive. What does this imply about the nature of science and technology and the conditions for technological progress, and how do events of the story establish that view?

For more information check the website. Good luck!

https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests#overview

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