The central idea Rand sought to convey in We the Living is the individual versus the collectivist state. How does that conflict play out in the lives of the story’s characters? In this lesson — the second of two lessons analyzing the story of We the Living — you’ll explore the intense dramatic conflicts that Rand creates for her main characters, and the logic of how those conflicts are resolved as the novel’s story unfolds.

Spoiler alert: This lesson assumes that students have read We the Living.