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In Anthem, what is the great transgression of preference?

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In Anthem, what is the great transgression of preference?

Ayn Rand's Anthem

It seems normal to most of us to prefer some things, and some people, over others. But in the futuristic yet primitive society of Anthem, this is not allowed.

Answer and Explanation:

Ayn Rand's novel Anthem depicts a society in the future that has lost many of the inventions and developments of a time long past. In the world of the novel, people are not supposed to have any personal preference because it is strictly taught that all people are the same. Therefore, having individual thoughts, ideas, or opinions is a great transgression against the collective society.

You might imagine how difficult it is to make any progress when every new idea must be arrived at collectively in a group. And, of course, a person cannot have friends, or a spouse, because that involves in a profound way the ''transgression of preference.''


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