Analyze Ayn Rand’s use of darkness and light in Anthem.

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Equality 7-2521's growth in knowledge and embrace of individual talents and gifts is symbolized by his movement toward light. When he begins to think for himself, he invents, or reinvents, the electric light. As he moves away from the world of collectivism, characterized by darkness and dullness, images of light become more frequent. For example, when he and the Golden One find the house from the Unmentionable Times, which they realize only two people (not a group) had ever lived in, Equality describes it in radiant tones:

Never had we seen rooms so full of light. The sunrays danced upon colors, colors, more colors than we thought possible, we who had seen no houses save the white ones, the brown ones and the grey. There were great pieces of glass on the walls, but it was not glass, for when we looked upon it we saw our own bodies and all the things behind us, as on the face of a lake.

Of course, gold is a color associated with lightness and brightness, and Golden One is the name of the woman Equality loves.

Light is a symbol of knowledge and freedom, but also power. This why the people of the collectivist world fear the electric light. In deciding in the end to reignite this "new" kind of light, Equality, now renamed Prometheus, is taking hold of the power that individualism offers him.

Rand shows her optimism that determined individuals can break free of social constraints by using the word light almost three times as often as the word dark.

While light is often associated with...

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