Day 2

Anthem Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do you think could be the Unspeakable Word? Why would this word be considered "unspeakable"?

    It seems likely the Unspeakable Word could be “I.” It is a word that no one in this world can fathom because it has been wiped from everyone’s lexicon. Without the word “I,” people do not have the language to think of themselves as individuals rather than as pieces of the collective whole. It is worth noting that this is called "the Unspeakable Word" rather than something like "the Forbidden Word": the word, along with the concept that it represents, is entirely beyond the ken of people within this society.

  2. 2

    In what ways does the government exert control over the city’s...

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