Archetypes in Ayn Rand\'s Anthem

Julie Gibson English 2 - Pre-AP


1. (p. 18) "The walls are cracked and water Water represents the mystery of creation, the
runs upon them in thin threads without cycle of death, and rebirth. The color black
sound, black and glistening as blood." is a color of mystery and the unknown. The
Home of the Street Sweepers is a mystery to
Equality. He doesn\'t understand why things
happen. The water and the color black
symbolize his felling towards this home.

2. (p. 18) "It matters only that the light is As a source of light, the candle represents
precious and we should not waste it to creative energy and spiritual enlightenment.
write when we need it for that work Equality\'s life is, indeed, precious. His
which is our crime." courage to write a journal took more power
than anyone one at that time had. Equality
was a source of light or knowledge for the
world. His creative energy gave him the power.

3. (p. 20) "The sleeping halls were white This exact quote is mentioned three times in
and clean and bare of all things save the book, on page 20, 21, and 28. The color
one hundred beds." white represents the purity and cleanliness
of the room. On page 90, the author states,
"We found the sleeping hall and we stood in
awe upon its threshold. For it was a small
room and there were only two beds in it."
When Liberty and Equality find this house in
the forest, it is an amazing discovery. When
Ayn Rand states this exact quote three times,
she is expressing that we need to realize the
incredible amount of sharing that these men
did. Sharing a room with one hundred other
men is a difficult task, but when they find a room with only two beds, they are shocked.
The room is also very dirty and dusty, unlike
his old sleeping hall.

4. (p. 21) "We looked upon Union 5-3992, Pale can be interpreted as white. White means
who were a pale boy with only half a bran, purity and innocence. Union was innocent.
and we tried to say and do as they did..." Union was not as smart as all the other boys.
He kept to himself and didn\'t talk much.

5. (p. 23) "We think that there are Water represents the mystery of creation,
mysteries in the sky and under the the cycle of death, and rebirth. The
water and in the plants which grow." plants are a symbol of the life principal-
growth, fertility, creativity, and
regeneration. The water is a specific
example of Equality\'s feelings toward
life and earth. It is a mystery to him. His
growth from adolescence has been a
difficult task. It\'s been hard growing up
and not knowing who he is or what his
purpose was.

6. (p. 24) "Scholars must study the earth Rivers embody the transitional phases
and learn from the rivers, from the sands, of life and the flowing of time into
from the winds, and from the rocks." eternity. The Scholars learn from the
river, hence they learn the ways during
the flow through time. The Scholars are
through the river.

7. (p.30) "Beyond the ravine there is a The forest represents the unconscious,
plain, and beyond the plain there is a mystery, and darkness. No one has ever
Uncharted Forest, about which men dared to enter the Unchartered Forest
must not think." and live to tell the story. To all, the
forest is a mystery. To some, it is
unknown. They blocked it out of their
mind. They believed that the forest was
evil and demonic, thus, they stayed away
from it.

8. (p. 31) "Of a sudden the earth fell in When Equality and International found
before us, and we saw an old iron grill this black hole, it was an open door to
over a black hole." solve the unknown. The color black
represents mystery and the unknown.
This hole was like nothing that they had
ever seen. It was unknown and it was a

9. (p. 32) " But we could not follow, for Once Equality entered the hole, it was very
we were losing the puddle of light difficult for him