Equality In Ayn Rand's Anthem Analysis

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To some people, a park symbolizes the first time they rode a bike, a school symbolizes learning, or a beach symbolizes laughter. Locations can be very symbolic of a person’s life. However, in Anthem by Ayn Rand, the main character Equality 7-2521 and his society are nothing alike. Equality does not fit in with the rest of his city; he is smarter, taller, and he thinks differently than the other citizens. His individuality and creativity are constantly suppressed through the idea of collectivism and the worship of the word “we.” As he breaks away from the norms of his society on a voyage of self- actualization, he also makes a real journey. Equality’s journey through the tunnel, the Uncharted Forest, and the house in…show more content…
His stay in the forest is much like a “rebirth.” He is living out in nature, alone, and with nobody to share the workload. All that is keeping him alive are his own two hands, and his mind. After living in his old society, this is a huge change, as he is used to things being provided for him. Also, in his birth city there is a huge amount of structure. Every this has a time, and everything has a place. Working, sleeping, and even conceiving children are on a strict schedule. The first time he wakes up in the forest “[he thinks] suddenly that [he] could lie thus as long as [he] wished, and [he laughs] aloud at the thought. [He] could also rise, or run, or leap, or fall down again.” (Rand 78) The forest has no structure, and he revels in it. Lastly, the darkness of the Uncharted Forest symbolizes a period of uncertainty for Equality. He is not quite sure that he is doing the right thing, but he knows that he will never go back to his old city. However, once his love, Liberty embarks on her own journey and joins him, he realizes that he is in the right place. Equality thrives in the forest, and his stay there is one of the most important steps in becoming an individual. After a period of time in the forest with Liberty, Equality discovers a house in the woods. In this house, Equality finishes the last leg of his journey to find his true self. He is ecstatic to have a home for…show more content…
There are also many mirrors throughout the house. In these he and Liberty can see their reflections, which is symbolic of finding their own identities. Lastly, the house has many windows to let the light in. The light symbolizes knowledge, understanding, creativity, and love. These are all qualities that Equality has gained and can practice outside of his old society and way of life. The house in the woods, Equality’s final destination is symbolic of his final step in fully becoming an

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