Living in a world with complete fairness among people sounds perfect, but not when everyone in your society is forced to be completely the same. In the story Anthem, Equality is a character that is different from the others in his society of forced sameness. Equality longs to learn and expand his knowledge, however, there are rules that halt Equality from following his own will, but also push him to learn more. No one is allowed to read, write, experiment, or explore. These rules allow the community to be easily controlled, and forces them to stay similar to one another.
Anthem has put multiple rules into action so that everyone is “equal” and there are “less” problems. What the society doesn’t know is that there are problems in Anthem. Equality sees these problems and will not implement them in the world that he envisions. Rules, regulations, and controls all have a purpose and a reason as to why they exist. No matter how outrageous and unethical they might be, there is always a reason to put rules into action.
To begin with, both Job and Prometheus were physically harmed. In the Book of Job it states “Satan struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head,” (Job 2:7). Then in Prometheus Bound Hephaestus chains Prometheus to a rock and leaves him there with nothing to survive. Therefore, both men were physically harmed and put through very difficult situations physically. Another way the two stories are the same is that the two men both lost everything they ever had and loved.
In Anthem Equality’s view of morality strongly coincides with Ayn Rand’s views in the excerpts from her other writings, but is very different from the institutions, practices and officials from the society in which he lives. Throughout the novel, Equality comes into contact with many of the
It is its own purpose.” In the final chapters of Anthem Prometheus thinks that the goal of any individual is to make oneself happy. There is many more purposes in life than that. After all the years of working to help his brothers Prometheus never felt true happiness until he only helped himself. Prometheus is only happy when he is living for himself. Anything that helps him benefit himself
Either way you look at, equality has a lot of powerful meanings in this document. They truly succeeded to write an inspirational document in which all the rights that every nation should have are highlighted. In the Declaration of Independence, the notion of equality refers to a conception of human dignity. Human beings by nature have no authority over others. To summarize, they knew what political principles and considerations they were trying to raise.
He did what he wanted to do no matter the consequences, like he when refused to talk to the high power people when they asked where has he been, stole things for himself to use in the tunnel, like candles, flints, knives, paper, glass vials, powders, acids and even manuscripts. He also escaped prison when he was caught for breaking the laws that he committed. The reason for the author to included these things is to show that people is all different and people can also change no matter who they are. Everyone had little bit everything in them as well, a little curiosity, intelligence and bravery. Another reason for the author to put those characteristics in this Prometheus is to have people think they have these characteristics or want these characteristics.
Prometheus will allow them to choose their own job in the new society because it will allow them to be happier throughout their whole lives. Love was also forbidden in the book. Men and women can never truly be happy until they are allowed to be with the people they love so there is no doubt that in the new city love will be allowed and encouraged. This is especially true since Prometheus loves Gaea and he would never be willing to give her up. In conclusion, the many rules and controls instituted in the society of Anthem were actually meant to help the people by making everyone equal.
With its sensuous richness, color and movement, "Prometheus Bound” evokes strong emotions in the viewer. The painting is based on a Greek myth where the Titan Prometheus is punished by Zeus for stealing fire and giving it human. Prometheus is punished by being bound on a rock and having an eagle rip off his liver daily. The painting itself is large. The objects in the painting are also large.
(x) In order to feel guilt, one must be residing to a set morals and violate them. However, since “all values have to be gained and/ or kept by men’s actions” ,(Selfishness), Equality had been following not his individual moral code, as he had not developed his own morals, but the group morality of his society. Ultimately, Equality still believed in his society, as it was all he had ever known. “Tomorrow in the full light of day, we shall take our box and leave our tunnel open, and walk through the streets to the home of the scholars. We shall put before them the truth.