Response To Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Anthem is a dystopian story, it is a story about how society itself is the antagonist; it is a society that is working against the people to benefit the society and not them as individuals. “ We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever.” The society sees that the people 's purpose is to solely serve the needs of the society. Equality 7-2521 wants to be an individual but he will not betray the values that are important to him even though he will be punished. He accepts being excluded from the society , being banished, and everything else from his ‘ brothers.’ He would rather do all of this than give up who he could become and who he is. He wished for people to understand that they…show more content…
So let us choose our names. I have read of a man who lived many thousands of years ago, and of all the names in these books, his is the one I wish to bear. He took the light of the gods and brought it to men, and he taught men to be gods. And he suffered for his deed as all bearers of light must suffer. His name was Prometheus… And I have read of a goddess, I said, who was the mother of the earth and of all the gods. Her name was Gaea. Let this be your name, my Golden One, for you are to be the mother of a new kind of gods.” Equality 7-2521 who is now known as Prometheus changing of him and Gaea 's names is a way to his celebrate that he is his own person.By getting rid of their old names, they get rid of everything that tied that back into being a part of society. These names allowed them to be themselves and just them. Sharing a name and doing everything the same forced the people of the society to be alike . Prometheus changed that . He separated himself and realized he could be himself, that society could not stop him. “ I shall break the chains of the earth, and raze the cities of the enslaved, and my home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake. For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor.” Prometheus may have not yet done all…show more content…
After all of the discoveries with the lightbulb and the way he feels, he wishes to be away from the city and from "air that touches upon the air of the city." When he realized that the council wished to destroy his light he ran into the forest away from the society that held him back. He woke up in the forest after breaking out of the society and discovered the word "I” in the house he stayed at. He learns that people are individuals. That they have their own thoughts and feelings. They have a right to pursue their happiness, and should not sacrifice themselves for others unless it’s their choice. Equality 7-2521 was just someone to serve the society however prometheus was an individual who could think for themselves. He created a new life, a new name, and new world. Prometheus did not yet go back but he did bring freedom back to society. He gave them a choice and that voice became their freedom. Freedom from being a part of a group, he gave them an opportunity to see that there is such things as having your own thoughts, that you can make your own actions. Prometheus showed them that no matter what society says they have a
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