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What are some allusions for "Anthem?"

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jfmcm | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2009 at 5:22 AM via web

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What are some allusions for "Anthem?"

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM (Answer #1)

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The book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand has many allusions to Prometheus giving light to save humanity. Anthem is narrated by Equality 7-2521, who lives in a future devoid of individualism and modern technology like electricity. Equality 7-2521 rediscovers electricity and creates a light bulb, thus creating light much like Prometheus delivered fire to mankind. For his invention of light and electricity the council punishes him and sends him to the palace of corrective detention. The allusions persist with equality renaming himself Prometheus (“Anthem”).   Other allusions in “Anthem” are references to hymns.  Equality narrates “Then we sing hymns, the Hymn of Brotherhood, and the Hymn of Equality, and the Hymn of the Collective Spirit.

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