Ego makes each person an individual

Topics: Prometheus, Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead Pages: 2 (601 words) Published: December 5, 2013
“Ego”. To describe this word, most people would say it is the word that means, “I”. It is the word that makes each person individual. Ayn Rand writes a story called Anthem bringing to life a character named Equality 7-2521 along with his companion Liberty 5-3000. The society they live in believes every person should be equal. “And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone” written in Anthem. In this story, there is no such thing as the word “Ego”. But to Equality 7-2521 there is such a thing. Throughout this story, Equality builds new ideas bringing to life a new society where he believes it is freedom. “There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom.” By the end of the story, these two characters give each other new names to fit their new selves. Liberty renames Equality as Prometheus. Equality renames Liberty as Gaea. Ayn Rand names these characters Prometheus and Gaea for their strong personalities toward the historical Prometheus and Gaea. In the late 8th-century BC, a Greek Titan named Prometheus stole fire from the ruler of the Pantheon of Gods named Zeus. Prometheus gave the fire to the mortals so they could too have the benefit that the fire brings. But he was then punished by Zeus. Zeus did not want any man to have the benefit of the fire so he took Prometheus to a rock where he was chained as an Eagle would eat his liver every day and leave by nightfall where Prometheus’s liver would grow back. But every day, it would be eaten again by the eagle. After about 300 years of being tortured, Hercules, the son of Zeus, unrestrained Prometheus from the rock by Zeus’s orders. Prometheus might have been freed from the chains, but he was not quite free from the rock. He was ordered to carry a piece of the rock with him for the rest of eternity. People on Earth were inspired by Prometheus’s actions and wore rocks and gems to honor...
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