Prometheus Reaches The Important Realization That
In chapter twelve of Anthem by Ayn Rand, Prometheus reaches the important realization that "To be free, a man must be free of his brothers." What are some examples in Anthem that prove this statement correct?
Prometheus's realization that "To be free, a man must be free of his brothers" in chapter 12 of Anthem is proven correct by the sense of freedom and happiness that he experiences after deviating from the expectations of his dystopian society. Whereas the state discouraged free, individual thought, Prometheus demonstrates the contentment that arises from individual thought and the opportunity to build a life for oneself.
When he and the Golden One escape their society, Equality 7-2521 realizes he is an individual. His abandoning of his number and adopting the name Prometheus symbolizes this change.
An example that proves that being able to think for oneself as an individual—having the ability to think in unorthodox ways—has the potential to help society occurs when, as Equality 7-2521, Prometheus rediscovers the light bulb and tries to introduce it to his culture. He is punished for thinking for himself, but had his dystopian society appreciated his intelligence and listened to him, all of the people would...
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