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Compare the social system of the dystopian world in Ayn Rand’s Anthem with the social system in Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day. What sorts of family structures exist in each society? How are people’s mates and sex partners chosen, and how is it decided who is allowed to have children? How do those relationships affect people’s living arrangements? How similar or dissimilar are the social relations in each society to those of mid-century America? How does each novel represent self-chosen, pair-bonded families as a criticism of the social relations of the collectivized society?