Atlas Shrugged

Anthem – Introduction & Author’s Preface

Summary: Introduction Leonard Peikoff introduces the fiftieth anniversary edition of Anthem with a discussion of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, objectivism. He discusses Rand’s constancy as a political thinker and philosopher and her persistence in flouting the criticism of those who believed in socialism and responded to her work by saying that she did not understand socialism’s …

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Anthem – Chapter I

Summary Always referring to himself as “we,” a youth named Equality 7-2521 writes in a journal from underground, where he is alone in an abandoned railroad tunnel. He and his friend International 4-8818 discovered the tunnel when they were working as street sweepers behind the theater near the edge of the unnamed city where they …

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Anthem – Chapter VII

“Many men in the Homes of the Scholars have had strange new ideas in the past . . . but when the majority of their brother Scholars voted against them, they abandoned their ideas, as all men must.” (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary Equality 7-2521 writes from the forest to which he has fled that …

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Anthem – Chapter IX

Summary Several days later, Equality 7-2521 begins writing in his journal for the first time since he entered the Uncharted Forest. As he is walking through the forest, Equality 7-2521 hears footsteps behind him and discovers that the Golden One has followed him into the forest. He asks her how she came to be in …

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