Day 1

Anthem Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is unusual about the writing style in this novella? How does it support the story’s content?

    The novella is written in the first-person plural, using we/us/our, instead of the first-person singular, using I/me/my. This highlights the complete and utter control the government has over the city’s inhabitants: They control not only the inhabitants’ actions, but also their thoughts. People literally do not have the language to disobey the laws of the government.

  2. 2

    What are the rules of this fictional society as we have learned them so far?

    The narrator lives in a society that values collectivism and sameness. People are not allowed to spend time alone, nor to...

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