What symbolism is in Ayn Rand's Anthem?

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Names are important symbols in this novella. Of course, the deliberate erasure of individualism in this dystopian culture is symbolized by humans being assigned numbers rather than names. Therefore, Equality 7-2521 shows his subversive tendencies when he names the young woman he loves the Golden One. This describes her golden hair, but also becomes a symbol of the hope of a better, more golden future that she represents to Equality.

The names the two protagonists take after they escape are also symbolic. Equality 7-2521 becomes Prometheus, and the Golden One becomes Gaea. Just taking names symbolizes the twosome's rejection of the mass conformity of their old culture, but the names themselves have symbolic resonance. Prometheus, a figure in Greek mythology, was punished by the gods for bringing fire to mankind. This name therefore symbolizes Equality's attempts, which will continue to bring the light of knowledge to humans. Gaea, a Greek goddess, was the mother of the earth. Since the...

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