Anthem by Ayn Rand In the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand there are many themes. These themes include love, desire, equality, freedom, and individuality. Most of these themes are all shown by the majority of the characters in the book, especially Equality 7-2521. One can see that the themes of love and individuality are very important in the novel.
The theme of love is shown between Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000. The theme of individuality is shown by Equality 7-2521. Anthem is a novel about a man, Equality 7-2521, who went against the laws to make his own individual choices, to gain knowledge, and to love the woman of his choice. Equality 7-2521 lived in a world in the future after a nuclear holocaust. This was a world of collectivism where a mans love for a women was forbidden. Even though Equality 7-2521 lived in this loveless world, he still loved the girl of his choice, Liberty 5-3000.
One of the reasons why Equality 7-2521's love was forbidden was because in his world it was believed that "What was not thought by all men cannot be true," and "What is not done collectively cannot be good" (Anthem, Page 81). These are just some of the reasons why Liberty 5-3000 and Equality 7-2521's love was forbidden. Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 met because Liberty 5-3000 lived in the Home of the Peasants and works in the fields near the road that Equality 7-2521 had to sweep. Equality 7-2521 observed Liberty 5-3000 from the road and named her "the Golden One." After they started talking Equality 7-2521 found out that Liberty 5-3000 had named him " the Unconquered." After this was their first forbidden kiss.
After Equality 7-2521 fled into the Uncharted Forests and became free from the councils he finds out that Liberty 5-3000 had followed his footsteps to be with him. For the first time Liberty 5-3000 and Equality 7-2521 made love. After this the two start to reject morals and ethics of their old society and make their own. Later in their travels the Golden One and the Unconquered discover a house built in the Unmentionable times.
At this house they get new names to show their new found freedom. Equality 7-2521's new name was Prometheus, this is because Prometheus taught men to be gods. Liberty 5-3000's new name was Gaea, this is because Gaea was the mother of rebirth and Liberty 5-3000 was the mother of a new society. In Anthem love is a very important theme. The love between Liberty 5-3000 and Equality 7-2521 was true, even though it is said "what is not thought by all men cannot be true" (Anthem, Page 81). Their love brought them for a civilization where the word "I" did not exist to a world of their own where they were free to do what they loved.
Throughout their entire relationship their love was forbidden, yet Liberty 5-3000 and Equality 7-2521 broke the law for their love. Individuality was also a major theme in the novel Anthem. Equality 7-2521 showed his individuality in many ways. Early in Equality 7-2521's life he was alienated because he was said to have a curse.
Equality 7-2521 was punished more than most of the other children his age because he preferred some subjects of study over others, this was forbidden. By his preference of subject to study Equality 7-2521 starts to show that his individuality is beginning to grow. This makes him different from most others because in this new world one could not have their own opinions. After Equality 7-2521 was chosen to be a street sweeper he began to become friends with a co-worker, International 4-8818. Again this shows Equality 7-2521 committing the Sin of Preference and showing his own individuality. One day while cleaning the streets Equality 7-2521 came across a tunnel from the Unmentionable Times.
After this every night Equality 7-2521 would sneak out alone to explore the field of Science in the tunnel. This gives him the feeling of satisfaction for the first time. This shows his individuality because Equality 7-2521 is learning on his own and going against the councils. Throughout the novel Equality 7-2521 continues to show his individuality. One experience where Equality 7-2521's character became greater was when for the first time he talked to a woman, and even kissed her. Another experience in which Equality 7-2521's was when he discovered electricity.
This showed Equality 7-2521's individuality because he was the only man who learned and used this knowledge of electricity. Equality 7-2521's individuality was one of his most important traits. Individuality and love are major themes in Anthem. Without these two themes and characteristics Equality 7-2521 wouldn't have been able to go the distance he went.
When people do not have individuality they cannot think for themselves and become dependent on other people. When people do not love they cannot properly show their emotions. This shows the importance of individuality and love.