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Why did Ayn Rand name her main characters "Prometheus" and "Gaea" in Anthem?

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Posted January 31, 2012 at 6:14 AM via web

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Why did Ayn Rand name her main characters "Prometheus" and "Gaea" in Anthem?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Prometheus is the Greek God of ingenuity and progress; Gaea is the Earth goddess whose essence and influence is given to all generations who follow her. In Rand's story, her main character, Equality 7-2521 is one who is interested in science and progress. Prometheus is a name that fits her main character's personality and interests. Rand was not a member of any religion, so she didn't choose Eve for the female's name, but that seems to be an image or story many can relate to in the Christian era. Rand's main female would be the first mother of a new population of people because she and her husband are alone outside of the city limits. They are starting a new civilization, so she would be the first mother, like Eve. But since Rand's main male character gave himself a Greek name that characterized himself, then why not give his wife a Greek goddess's name, too? Of course, the name for her would reflect earth which gives life to all living things, thereby connecting the name to the woman who would give birth to a new generation.

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