Ayn Rand's Anthem Essay

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Ayn Rand's Anthem

     In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand there are many themes. These
themes include love, desire, equality, freedom, and individuality. Most of
these themes are all shown by the majority of the characters in the book,
especially Equality 7-2521. One can see that the themes of love and
individuality are very important in the novel. The theme of love is shown
between Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000. The theme of individuality
is shown by Equality 7-2521.

     Anthem is a novel about a man, Equality 7-2521, who went against
the laws to make his own individual choices, to gain knowledge, and to
love the woman of his choice. Equality 7-2521 lived in a world in the
future after a nuclear holocaust. This was a world of collectivism where a
mans love for a women was forbidden. Even though Equality 7-2521 lived
in this loveless world, he still loved the girl of his choice, Liberty 5-3000.
One of the reasons why Equality 7-2521?s love was forbidden was because
in his world it was believed that ?What was not thought by all men cannot
be true,? and ?What is not done collectively cannot be good?(Anthem,
Page 81). These are just some of the reasons why Liberty 5-3000 and
Equality 7-2521?s love was forbidden.

     Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 met because Liberty 5-3000
lived in the Home of the Peasants and works in the fields near the road
that Equality 7-2521 had to sweep. Equality 7-2521 observed Liberty
5-3000 from the road and named her ?the Golden One.? After they started
talking Equality 7-2521 found out that Liberty 5-3000 had named him
?the Unconquered.? After this was their first forbidden kiss.

     After Equality 7-2521 fled into the Uncharted Forests and became
free from the councils he finds out that Liberty 5-3000 had followed his
footsteps to be with him. For the first time Liberty 5-3000 and Equality
7-2521 made love. After this the two start to reject morals and ethics of
their old society and make their own. Later in their travels the Golden One
and the Unconquered discover a house built in the Unmentionable times.
At this house they get new names to show their new found freedom.
Equality 7-2521?s new name was Prometheus, this is because Prometheus
taught men to be gods. Liberty 5-3000?s new name was Gaea, this is
because Gaea was the mother of rebirth and Liberty 5-3000 was the
mother of a new society.

     In Anthem love is a very important theme. The love between
Liberty 5-3000 and Equality 7-2521...

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