Thursday, April 23, 2015

Line Illuminator - Rotation 2 - Leo Mutius

Leo Mutius
Ayn Rand
Rotation 2, Parts 3-4

"No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many Scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom. Yet we can. We do." (Part 3, paragraph 6)

This line is a prime example of Equality losing touch with his past learnings and beliefs and emphasizing his individuality. Multiple times over the course of the book, Equality appears conflicted between the ideas he grew up with (strong sense of community, believing that the community is stronger than the individual)—but here, he seems less so conflicted and more so assured in the power of the individual. 

Within his personal identity crisis, Equality's discovery of electricity alone in the darkness of his personal tunnel is solid evidence of his personal capacity. Equality might come to realize that if he, working on his own, is able to surpass the previous achievements of this community—then, and thus, Equality might come to realize that the very much anti-individualistic social system that he lives under might not be as effective as he used to think. 
Considering this is a pretty monumental change of mind by the main character, one could see this as foreshadowing for future conflict and main plotline in the novel.


"What name have you given us?" They looked straight into our eyes and they held their head high and they answered:

"The Unconquered." (Part 4, paragraphs 7-8)

Then they knelt by the moat, they gathered water in their two hands, they rose and they held the water out to our lips." (Part 4, paragraphs 24-25)

On multiple occasions throughout Anthem, Equality makes evident his attraction to Liberty. More obviously to the reader, however, is Equality's apparent confusion and confliction over said attraction, because the idea of love is alien to him; at one point, he even comes to the wonder whether he is the only human alive to be able experience feelings for another (Part 4, paragraph 2).

In the quotes above, however, Liberty catches Equality off-guard by displaying mutual attraction towards him—Liberty's actions essentially contradicts his entire notion that he is the only one able to love.
Ultimately, this is important because Equality might gradually come to realize that individuality—individual and personal feelings and aspirations—are not unique to him. Similar to the analysis of the last passage, this might cause Equality to realize that the social system that he lives under might not be as natural and effective as he used to think, and possibly foreshadow future conflict in the novel.

Works Cited
Content Marketing: Company Branding vs Showcasing Individual Expertise. Digital image. Business 2 Community. Business 2 Community, 1 June 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2015

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