Placing “Me” before “We” in Anthem During the 20th Century, communism was the main source of government in Russia. Ayn Rand opposed everything that Communists stood for. She believed in individualism and wanted to express her own thoughts. She based her book, Anthem, on her life in Russia and the struggles she endured. When she came to America she wanted to show people what life in Russia was actually like. She parallels her life to the life of her character named Equality. Throughout the book Equality and his love Liberty, have multiple names each representing how they progress from collectivism to objectivism. These names change from being standard names that represent a society that is based fully on the idea of collectivism towards names …show more content…
She needs to have a name that would separate her from the society and show she is different. Knowing she is flowing with life, he names her The Golden One. Brothers in the society are not supposed to interact with sisters, but both The Golden One and Equality do. They commit many transgressions and Equality starts to develop feelings for The Golden One. When the two finally speak Equality tells her that he 's bestowed her with the name The Golden One, and she admits she has been calling him The Unconquered. These new names show the progression of independent thought because they are giving each other names that represent individualism. She gave him the name The Unconquered because he is not going to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and is not afraid to break the rules. So when The Unconquered unearths the great power of electricity he wants to share it with his brothers and show it to the Council of Scholars. Just like Equality, Ayn Rand wishes to write and express her personal thoughts, but her society in Russia will not allow her to. The council is taken back by by Equality’s discovery. They believe he is trying to prove he is superior to the brothers. As soon as The Unconquered is placed in jail, he knows that this society does not truly want to advance or learn. They want to stick to their old ways and continue a society where every man is unfamiliar with individualism. The Unconquered takes matters into his own hands and shows he has not been conquered by the society when he decides to run into the Uncharted Forest. He proves that his new name was a good fit for him and finally went after his freedom to a place where he can express his own identity and
From this quote, Equality recognized the freedoms he didn’t have, creating a turning point for the story to unfold. “The sacred word: EGO”(105) is represented as a word for greed, glory and the reason for living throughout the story. The term “ego” doesn’t always mean pride, it means
“...For I have lived in the city of the damned, and I know what horror men permitted to be brought upon them.” (103) In the novel “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 has been raised in a totalitarian world. Everyone thinks of the whole, never themselves. It is forbidden to do otherwise. Equality has always struggled with fitting in.
It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.” (Rand 1.1) So ends the end of this essay, Equality’s moral assessment in his life was worth the risk he took to be independent. His name is Prometheus, and his girlfriend’s name is Gaiea.
When the Golden One “gathered water in their two hands” and “held the water out to [Equality 7-2521’s] lips”, their bond quickly became apparent to the reader (Rand 57). The Golden One’s action of bringing water to Equality is symbolic of their difference from the rest of society in creating an inexplicable bond between two people not found anywhere else, as well as highlighting the compassion and empathy that the Golden One has which serves as one of the key reasons why he seeks her out over any other woman. Equality’s desire to associate with the Golden One is mostly responsible for the continuation of his society due to the addition of a mother figure, revealing the importance of individual desires. Here, Rand makes use of a reverse allusion because the Golden One will be the mother to a race of people that do not practice worship for anyone else, while Rebekah from the biblical story will be the mother to a race of people that worship God. In any case, the actions of the Golden One and Rebekah of bringing water represents their compassion and willingness to help bring about drastic change in the ideologies present in their
The evolution of names throughout the novella, Anthem, written by Ayn Rand is significant. The character Liberty 5-3000 changes her name to the Golden One and then to Gaea. Each name has a meaning that concurs with the theme of the book. These changes demonstrate how collectivism negatively affects people as individuals. Liberty 5-3000 is first introduced in chapter two, when Equality sees her and instantly falls in love with her.
In the final chapters of the book, after Equality and The Golden One have discovered their new house and proposed to build a new life, they read books in its intact library and so discover the forbidden word, “I” (94). This discovery prompts Equality to radically overhaul his entire way of going through life, aligning it to Rand’s Objectivist philosophy. His focus on himself, illustrated through his obsession with the word I is show in the last two chapters of the book, where he latches on to the idea that devoting one’s life to only oneself is the only appropriate way to live life. Rand shows this with statements from Equality such as, “I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them”(96). Equality is proclaiming that his life will be best lived in a purely selfish manner, where he will not take care of anyone else, but will not ask anyone to take care of him either.
Equality and The Golden One have a relationship despite society forbidding it. Knowing fully about this rule does not stop the two's love. This love was strong enough that when Equality ran from the city she followed. This is another felony. Equality has taken stands against his society for his own personal thoughts and agenda.
Do you know what literary devices are? Did you know all books have them? A literary device is the structure used by a writer to show his or her messages. The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand is a perfect example. Ayn Rand uses literary devices such as characterization, point of view, plot, setting, symbols and more to show her messages and story.
In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrayed a political statement by looking at mental and physical disabilities through different characters such as Curley's Wife, Crooks, and Lennie. Curley's wife is used to represent how women were treated during the 1930’s and almost treated with a disability. Women were portrayed as the help and they were supposed to stay home and work while the strong brave men went out and got money to support the family. By Steinbeck not giving Curley's wife a name he is showing how she is connected to Curly with an Invisible rope.
Once Equality read the books, he learned about Gaea and Prometheus. They renamed themselves those names, which shows that they will allow individual names in their new society, rather than keeping the names they were given in their old society, which were ordinary names to make sure nobody was more important than the other. Originally, Prometheus was named “Equality 7-2521” and Gaea was named “Liberty 5-3000.” The numbers suggest that other people had the same names, which means that they didn’t have their own individual names while living in their society of total equality. For the future generations, Prometheus had created a new way to live--a better, more equal way of life.
With all of his experience that nobody has known in at least a century he is extremely capable of deciding whether of his choices are right. His personality keeps him from giving up hope and giving up on his society and his companion but keeps him curious enough to keep searching for something better in life. Equality has aged to the point where he thinks he needs to change the world and will try to do so. Most would believe that Equality’s actions were righteous and could not contemplate that his actions were
Equality 7-2521 has given himself a name and is no longer numbered like his brothers. Equality 7-2521 reads all these books from the unmentionable times and he learns that everyone has an individual names. “There was a time when each man had a name of his own to distinguish him from all other men.” (Chapter 12 paragraph 4 left side) “...it is not proper for men to be without names.” (Chapter 12 paragraph 4 left side)
However, since the council fails to recognize this idea, Equality has two options: either face imminent execution or flee. By choosing the latter and fleeing into the Uncharted Forest, Equality finally is, in a physical sense, free from the rule of collectivist society. Now he is alone in the forest, alone with his thoughts. He decides where he goes, when he sleeps, what he eats. However, he is still not fully
Someone needs to arouse Equality’s primal instinct that has been buried by his camaraderie, and her name is Liberty. “Their body was straight and thin as a blade of iron. Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt. […] They threw seeds from their hand as if they deigned to fling a scornful gift, and the earth was as a beggar under their feet” (49). For the first time Equality feels desire and knows pain.
Rand uses the the relationship between Equality and the Golden One to represent Equality’s journey from being obsessed with the Golden One when he feels he has to be apart of the group, to being ignorant to the Golden One because he has become utterly independent and selfish. At the beginning of the story when Equality felt he had to belong to a group, he noticed the Golden One and fell in love with her. In Rand’s novel, she states, “They raised their hand to their