Anthem Essay

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The Unbreakable Spirit Anything created by one, which is alone, is evil. That which is good must be created by two or more. This fanatical collectivist society exists in the pages of Anthem. Men are the victims of their own reform. Though nothing could ever break the human spirit. There will always be those whos will not conform. And so Prometheus and Gaea emerge amougst the complacent crowd. Their ideals are rebellious and insightful. However their deliverence brings about the question of the collective's sincerity.

Prometheus throughout Anthem depicts himself as evil an unworthy. He seeks to do his work for his brothers. However, some unknown calling, to be an individual, always draws him. Prometheus says, "We know that we are evil, but there is no will in us and no power to resist it."� Prometheus is caught in a culture that does not allow for individuals. However, Prometheus is a natural leader and in realty wishes to better the world for his brothers.

But with the cumbersome precautions in place Prometheus learns he must violate some rules to better everyone's lives. Rand speaks to her readers by showing the stuberness of the human spirit. A man can be ruled for centuries and yet "some things will always reman unbreakable."�Rand's philosophy is presented here in Prometheus' testimony.

Rand continues her philosophical ideas throughout the progression of the novel. Prometheus speaks saying "It is my mind which thinks, and the judgement of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth."� This quote is placed at a time where Prometheus seems to have obtained an inner peace, and has undergone a personal revelation. Prometheus finally realizes his full potential and his true meaning. Rand wishes her readers to experience a "rebirth of knowledge"� as in the Renaissance.