The book Anthem, until now, is all about equality forever and for all. This theme I just mentioned, reminds me of something that happened to me once in a camp. I was in NR, nine years old. In this camp, we had an activity that we had to improvise and act out something bad that was happening in our society. My group and I decided to act out communism, specifically from Cuba. (We thought that was a bad thing, but not everyone thinks this way. Communism, therefore, is not necessarily bad, it just depends on the angle that you interpret it.) So we did this improvised scene and in the end (it was a competition by the way) we won the "Best Act" prize, out of the eight other groups.
Four years later, I had the chance to start reading this book, which has something in common with my experience; it's theme, equality. After I read the short sinopse of Anthem, the first thing that came up to my mind, and I'm not joking, was this time in NR. The whole idea of both matched perfectly together, and now, looking back I figured that my group and I were actually acting out some parts of this book. Crazy, I'd say, right. Well, in out act, we showed a conversation between the people of this society, which had no names whatsoever. A conversation between a "cop" or "supervised of the people" with a man from that community. And lastly, a conversation between the ruler of the city and his people. This reminded me of when Equality was talking to Liberty. The talk they had was very similar to the one in our "play", in which two people were talking about their feelings. It was a short talk with short sentences, a quick glance into each others eyes, and a very meaningful "bye" in the end, as if they were never to speak to each other again. They were similar in this aspect.
I clearly remember how our play was and I certainly think that it was identical to how these people in Anthem are treated. All equal, lonely, and "puppeted". This word I just invented, is just to get you to relate these people to puppets; moved around by one powerful ruler that get everything he/she wants and shared nothing with the people. That's how I connected this book to my improv little play from camp.
For those who don't know, this is the flag of Cuba, and the face of a man on it, is Fidel Castro's.