The Ayd Rand Fellowship
This is a great fellowship opportunity. The top prize is $2000. All you have to do to be eligible is read Ayd Rand’s book Anthem and write an essay in response to one of the essay topics listed below.
8th, 9th, and 10th graders
March 29th deadline
Select one of the following three essay 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?