Ayn Rand, the author of Anthem, uses the house of the Unmentionable Times to illuminate the eyes of the protagonist, Equality 7-2521. The house symbolizes individuality and more of an understanding of the enriching past before the nuclear holocaust. Not only is the house of the Unmentionable Times a relic from the past but also an encyclopedia to Equality 7-2521. The house contains new utensils which the characters are not familiar with, such as the mirrors, the number of rooms and past occupants, and the precious manuscripts in the library. The new found items open doors into the “New World” for Equality and Liberty 5-3000, symbolizing that individuality is more significant than the society.
As the house of the past is explored The Golden one discovers her reflection and beauty, which she had never laid eyes on before. The Golden One is intrigued by her splendor, reflecting upon what the society forbade by law to do. The mirror has a deeper connotation than her reflection, it represents individuality. In chapter 10 The Golden one is mesmerized by the new found glass,” We did this work alone, for no words of ors could take the Golden One away from the big glass which is not glass. They stood before it and they looked and looked upon their own body.” The Golden one is mesmerized by herself, realizing individuality and not being part of a society.
The house of the Unmentionable Times has a greater significance for Equality rather than simply being a relic from the past, it symbolizes the lies of their society. Another discovery was the amount of rooms rather than to the numerous rooms they were accustomed to living in. Equality realizes this house was only occupied by two people, unlike how he and his brothers were raised. In chapter 10 Equality mentions, ”We pulled the heavy curtains from the windows and we saw that the rooms were small, and we thought that not more than twelve men could have lived here. We thought it was strange that men had...
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