Symbolism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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In Anthem by Ayn Rand, there are many uses of symbolism throughout the entire novel. Specifically, the quote (found on page 52) “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but for those who will seek them.” is a great example of this. Equality 7-2521, a street curious street sweeper discovers a new way to create light and control electricity while working underground late at night. Equality then returns several times, experimenting and improving this newfound power. This quote, is in direct correlation with this part of the story, as Equality 7-2521 goes “under the earth” in order to run tests on his creation. The part “are not for all men to see, but for those who (seek) them,” is describing how this knowledge is right below the entire Society’s feet, however they; Equality 7-2521’s “brothers,” do not wish to meddle with things that could potentially change their way of life. For example In the Visual Quote, the fact that everyone else in the Equality 7-2521’s society does not wish to change or be enlightened has been glorified and obviously shown in several different…show more content…
If an effort to learn from their surroundings rather than just exist in them is made, this person could learn an exponential amount just from their own backyard. However this can only be achieved if there is a noticeable attempt to explore the areas in which they live. (Page 52) “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.” There are hidden meanings and discoveries that can be made if the effort to find them is made. Only those who stick with a project as well as Equality 7-2521 have a chance of enlightening themselves; or becoming more knowledgeable than when they started. Because Equality7-2521 took his time to strengthen his own mind, he rose above Society, high and bright, as bright as the early morning
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