In the novel Anthem, Ayn Rand writes about the
future dark ages. Anthem takes place in city of a
technologically backwards totalitarian society, where
mankind is born in the home of the infants and dies in the
home of the useless. Just imagine, being born in to a life of
slavery having no freedom, no way self expression, no ego.
The city represented slavery. When in the city, Equality had
been guilty of many transgressions. He was not like his
brothers, he was different he was smarter, healthier, and
stronger. At the age of five he advanced to home of the
student, where he got scolded for learning faster then his
brothers. Equality teachers told him that he had evil in his
bones because he was taller then his brothers. Then at the
age of fifteen when the house of vocations came Equality
was guilty of the great transgression of preference because
he wanted to be a scholar, but his selected vocation was to
be a street sweeper. Every day while he swept by the fields
he would watch and smile at Liberty and she would smile
back. Liberty was a woman that worked in the home of the
peasants. Making contact with a woman was prohibited but
for when in the palace of the mating. The palace of the
mating was where people were forced to breed. Equality
thought touching a woman was shameful and ugly. Th! en
one day while he swept the streets he found a grate that led
to underground tunnel full of things from the unmentionable
times. For two years he went to the tunnel and discovered a
new glowing light. Then one day while in the tunnel decided
that he must share his secret with his brothers. He decided
that he would bring his secret in front of the world council
meeting. When Equality entered the world council meeting
the scholars got frightened and angry. They demanded that
he tell them why he was there. He connected the wires and
they glowed, the scholars backed up against the wall as they
stared in horror. They told him that he they were going to
punish for breaking so many laws. Equality trembled in fright
he quickly grabbed the light and ran to the uncharted forest.
No man followed because they feared the unknown. Those
are all the ways in which Equality rejected the view of
society. The uncharted forest represented freedom. When
Equality spent his first night in the forest when he woke up
he laughed and rolled through the leaves and the moss
because he realized he was free which meant no more
waking up to a bell, no more meals prepared for him, and no
more sweeping streets. Then as he walked through the forest
he came to a river he stopped and looked in the water for
the first time in his whole life he saw what he looked like.
When he saw his reflection it surprised him he did not look
like his brothers he looked stronger then his brothers who
looked short and fragile. The next day in the forest he had
heard foot steps behind him he turned around and it was
Liberty. She had heard of what he did and followed his path
into the forest. While in the forest Equality hugged Liberty
and realized that holding the body of a woman was not
shameful. They walked for many days the farther they went
from the city the safer they felt. "Everything which comes
fro! m the many is good. Everything that come from one is
evil." Ayn Rand wrote this in the end of the ninth chapter
when Equality begins to doubt everything he has learned in
the city. The mountains represented a new beginning. In the
mountains Equality and Liberty found a house left from the
unmentionable times. In the house there are many things they
have never seen before like mirrors, light bulbs, a library full
of books, and nice clothes. They promise to never leave the
house and they claim it as theirs. They learn the word I while
reading books from the huge library. Equality also names
Liberty and himself, while reading through a book he learns
of Prometheus who was a man who stole fire from the gods
and taught men use the power of gods. Prometheus was
punished as are all who bring light to men. He also reads of
Gaea who mother of the gods and of earth. In the future
Equality plans on going to the city one last time to bring his
friends back to his new sanctuary to start a new beginning.
He also plans on chiseling the word ego