Ayn mean brotherhood. This doesn’t sound like brotherhood.

Ayn Rand’s novel, Anthem, is a tour de force of anti government thinking in which she shows how collective-type governments  are bad for individuals. Rand uses symbolic names to show that collectivism destroys individuals while giving back few benefits in the transaction of the individual’s life for the good of the culture. First, all the characters who are in charge of the collective are named for either positive qualities or for groups, but each character tries to control or destroy Equality. Additionally, at the end of the novel Rand renames the main characters with old Greek names of characters who rebel against their culture in an attempt to change it for their own benefit. Rand uses symbolic names to show that collectivism destroys individuals while giving back few benefits in the transaction of the individual’s life for the good of the culture. One example of this destruction is the street sweeper job Equality is forced to do. Equality humbles himself and accepts his job but gets no satisfaction in it. He feels unfulfilled but his leaders either don’t sense his unhappiness or don’t care. If they cared about his well-being, they would have allowed him to become a scientist when he came to them with his light, but instead they had him whipped and tried to destroy his light Additionally, the characters who are in charge of the collective are named for either positive qualities or for groups, but each character tries to control or destroy Equality instead of helping him find a place in the group that helps both him and the group. Rand ironically names the group leaders Harmony, Fraternity, and Solidarity, but none of these feelings are shared by the group. In one case Fraternity tells Collective to have Equality whipped and sent back to sweep the streets. Fraternity is an idea that is supposed to mean brotherhood. This doesn’t sound like brotherhood. If Fraternity had any brotherly feelings for Equality, then it seems like he would have tried to understand and help him. Instead he tries to have him destroyed. Finally, at the end of the novel Rand renames the main characters with old Greek names of characters who rebel against their culture in an attempt to change it for their own benefit. This renaming is symbolic because Equality and Liberty want individual equality and liberty, not group equality and liberty. A clear example of this is when they set up house on a mountaintop and say they will keep everything for themselves and set up an electric fence around their house. They want to do what they want without regard to the others in the culture. If they cared about their friends, they would have gone back to get them and shared their new life with them. But since they set up a fence it’s easy to see that they care only for their own well being.