Importance Of Individuality Essay

681 words - 3 pages

Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” This quote supports Prometheus’s beliefs on the importance of individuality. In the dystopian novel Anthem by Ayn Rand, Prometheus and Gaea are the only people who question the suppressive society that they live in. He believes that in his society he is not living to his potential, so he lets his curiosity take control when he is in the underground tunnel. While Prometheus feels that the freedom of being independent and self-reliant is better than the control of a collective government, he shows his glass box to the World Council of Scholars because he is proud of his discovery ...view middle of the document...

Initially, Prometheus justifies his decision by convincing himself that the Council will assign him to the Home of the Scholars and he would be benefitting his society members. He believes that he could help his brothers and the Council will understand and forgive him because his “gift is greater than [his] transgression” (61). Prometheus eventually realizes that it was his desire for the attention and reward for his achievement of discovering electricity that encourages him to show his glass box to the World Council of Scholars. He explains, “we built it [the box] for its own sake” (76). This conflict between helping oneself and helping others is the driving point of this novella.
Prometheus comes to understand the significance of his existence and he realizes the importance of independence and the evils of collectivism. Eventually he understands that “I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction” (94). This realization is the key point that Rand attempts to...

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