The Discovery Of Knowledge Shall Triumph (Anthem)

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Knowledge has been sought after by Humanity for thousands of years, and it is in this seeking where the act of life is given meaning. Yet when fundamental knowledge begins to become suppressed, great forces in the soul emerge to fight for truth. It is from these conflicts that we can compare the lives of Prometheus and Gaea, found in Ayn Rand's novella Anthem, with those of the Biblical characters found in Genesis of the Bible, Adam and Eve. They are easily comparable in their struggle for knowledge, their intentions of founding new civilizations, and the realization of rebellion inside themselves which both pairs refuses to ignore. Adam and Eve, along with Prometheus and Gaea, both went through a struggle towards yearning to know what they do not already understand. In the story of Adam and Eve, a snake tricks them into eating from a forbidden fruit tree. Prometheus and Gaea had searched for their knowledge, finding it by blindly jumping towards what they believed was right. Both pairs acknowledges the evil that they had in the eyes of their given society, yet they refuse to back down, and are punished accordingly. For Adam and Eve, the Bible states, "To the woman he [God] said, "˜I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing"¦ and he [man] will rule over you.' To Adam he said, "˜Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat"¦'" (Genesis 1:16-18) Prometheus and Gaea are punished in much the same way. In Anthem, Ayn Rand writes, "We are doomed. Whatever days are left to us, we shall spend them alone. And we have heard of the corruption"¦ in solitude. We have torn ourselves from the truth which is our brother men, and there is no road back"¦ and no redemption. (Anthem 76) After the two pairs are exiled, both were intent upon founding new civilizations. For Adam and Eve, they had no choice but to create a new civilization after God expelled them from the Garden of Eden. "So the Lord God banished him...

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