Shereidy Mancheno 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 tems 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 he 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 been permitted to build a house for only twelve. ” The Council and his brothers stated by law that you should live for your brothers and only happiness can be enjoyed with your brothers. Equality finds it peculiar, realizing how his society has misled him. The relics in the house cause Equality to have an epiphany and realize the life he had been living was a lie.
The library of precious history books and literature was the most impacting resources in Equalities life changing. The books of the past brought him to his future. Equality says in Chapter 10, “ We found a room with walls made of shelves, which help rows of manuscripts, from the floor to the ceiling…Tomorrow, we shall begin to read these scripts. ” The manuscripts led to a life changing experience in both Equality and The Golden One’s lives. The books told stories of individuals and the concept of the word “I”, which clarifies the idea of living a life individually rather than everything done in a group.
A life that both characters weren’t accustomed to but knew their whole lives it was meant to be this way. Equality discovered the “New World”, referring to his new way of life through the house of the Unmentionable Times. The house wasn’t only filled with precious materials of the past but a new beginning for Equality and the Golden one. The house has a deeper meaning than an ordinary house, it divulges the secrets of the past and the fabrication and deception of the people Equality once called brothers. The individual is more important rather than the society. Pieces of ork composed with the same concept of Anthem, also are The Matrix and The Prince of Egypt. Shakespeare illustrates the theme of appearance versus reality through his play, set in the Elizabethan time,Macbeth. This theme is depicted when Banquo advises Macbeth not to be misled, as the witches may be untrustworthy. Another example is when Lady Macbeth instructs Macbeth to act as honey, but underlying will be his true self, poison. Lastly this theme is made known, when Lady Macbeth informs Macbeth to appear friendly and joyous for their guests. Appearance versus reality echoes in many situations in Macbeth, causing turmoil and chaos.
As of Macbeth’s fortune his trust lies with the witches, Banquo advises him that with partial truth can underlie deceit. The witches’ prophecy has come true, they appear to be people of trust but in reality they mask their true intentions. The witches tell Macbeth the truth in order for him to give them his trust. Banquo understands that with great power comes great responsibility, also the abuse of power and the abuse one receives in power. In Act I, Scene 5 Banquo cautions Macbeth of the witches and their sinister ways. “And oftentimes, to win us to ur harm, /The instruments of darkness tell us the truth,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/ In deepest consequence. ” The witches appear to be his allies but truly are his truest enemies. The Macbeth’s with murder in mind, plan to deceive their guests, act as hospitable hosts and perform an act of deceit. Appearing as joyous hosts but in reality murdering their most honorable guest. Lady Macbeth illuminates Macbeth’s judgment, and informs him to be cordial to their guests but be the snake in G-d’s Garden of Eden. “To beguile the time,/ Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,/ You hand, you tongue.
Look like th’ innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under ‘t. ” In order to deceive, one has to appear as the King they expect. Macbeth must charm his guests but in reality he is the tyrant that Scotland will hail one day as King. The King and Queen of Scotland yearn power, once again they will go far and beyond to keep their crown. A crime has been committed and the royals agree to act cheerful and calm for their guests in order to mask their true identities. Lady Macbeth enlightens her husband, and commands him to look jovial and innocent for their company. “Sleek o’er your rugged looks. Be right and jovial/Among your guests tonight. ” Deceit and lies apply to the theme of appearance versus reality, and the Macbeth’s utilize their lying abilities to gain power and control of Scotland and their reign. Shakespeare utilizes appearance versus reality, in his play, as a theme to portray the ambitious characteristics of the royals, to achieve power. Throughout the play, Macbeth, the characters lie and deceive to get what they want. The directors and writers of, ”Star Wars”, “Macbeth”, and “Willow,” utilize appearance versus reality as a theme to reflect on the characteristics of the ambitious characters.