The Discovery Of Knowledge Shall Triumph
In Ayn Rand’s Anthem, people are assigned names randomly and are not allowed to think or act individually. Everything they do is for the Brotherhood and selfishness is a sin. Like the Garden of Eden, the city provides all a person needs, but nothing that a person wants because they do not know good from evil. Equality is the Adam character in Anthem and he feels a desire to become a Scholar, to learn and claim responsibility for his contribution. Similar to Adam and Eve, who are told not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, Equality’s desire to give into the temptation of selfishness is a sin because it would put him above others, just as Eve was tempted by the snake to eat the fruit because she would gain the knowledge of good and evil and become God-like. The Council and God are similar because God does not forgive man and the Council does not stop Equality from going to the Uncharted Forest. In Anthem, Equality escapes to the Uncharted Forest where he plans to create a society based on free will and accepts change and individualism. Genesis makes the result of Adam and Eve’s temptation of free will seem negative, whereas Anthem portrays Equality’s discovery as a positive breakthrough. Both stories describe temptation as a sin and compare the consequences and benefits of free will. Adam and Eve, along with Prometheus and Gaea, both went through a struggle towards yearning to know what they do not already understand. In the story of Adam and Eve, a snake tricks them into eating from a forbidden fruit tree. Prometheus and Gaea had searched for their knowledge, finding it by blindly jumping towards what they believed was right. Both pairs acknowledges the evil that they had in the eyes of their given society, yet they refuse to back down, and are punished accordingly. For Adam and Eve, the Bible states, "To the woman he [God] said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing" and he [man] “will...
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