In summary, We The Living deserves its special place in American literary canon for the originality of the author’s statement and her treatment of the complex subject of Communism. Through the three characters of Kira, Leo and Andrei, Rand amply illustrates the heroic in them, although the three of them could not achieve their dreams. Rand must also be credited for making a strong (if also a little abstract) statement against the evils of Communism. In the end, We The Living is a persuasive work of philosophical enquiry presented through the novel form. Perhaps the continued existence of this work in contemporary American political discourse is a testament to its relevance since its publication.
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