FinalDraft 3 In the novella Anthem by AynRand, the protagonist Equality and the deuteragonist Liberty have a strongattraction towards one another. To intensify this attraction, the two wentthrough some strong bonding material, i.e. getting sent to jail together,running off to uncharted territory together, illegally sharing love with oneanother etc.
When working with the StreetSweepers in a road north of the city, Equality sees Liberty, a woman from theHome of the Peasants, and he is instantly attracted to her tall, blonde beautyand her fearless, guiltless expression. Likewise, Liberty is attracted toEquality’s individualism and self-discovery. In addition, both arecounter-culture rebels in a society that demands conformity. To continue, thisadds to the theme “Individualism” because it is the sole reason for theirattraction towards one another. “Your eyes are as a flame, but ourbrothers have neither hope nor fire.
Your mouth is cut of granite, but ourbrothers are soft and humble. Your head is high, but our brothers cringe. Youwalk, but our brothers crawl. We wish to be damned with you, rather thanblessed with all our brothers. Do as you please with us, but do not send usaway from you.
“. In other words, Liberty is attracted to Equality, becausehe is different than the others, not in a bad way, but in a bold, abstract way.Furthermore, Equality has a somewhat substantial influence on Liberty, heencourages her and pushes her to have her own individual thoughts. “‘Suchthoughts as these are forbidden, Golden One.’ ‘But you think such thoughts asthese and you wish us to think them.'”.
In this quote, it is evident that Equality has an influence on libertyand kick-starts her individual thoughts. To conclude, the reason equalityand liberty are so vigorously attracted to each other is because they both havetheir own individual thoughts, and this makes the theme clearer, as it is individualism.Thus, Equality and Liberties attraction adds to the purpose of the book and theoverall meaning of the book.