Jillian Sigona English 10 HonorsMs. La Mantia24 December 2017Prometheus’ Society In the book Anthem, by Ayn Rand, there were certain rules that the citizens of this futuristic, dystopian civilization were expected to follow in order to make sure that each citizen treated each other equally and lived for the society, instead of for themselves. These rules demonstrated collectivism in a way which gave rise to a lack of individualism. In this society people were not allowed to use the word “I,” which basically meant “ego”, according to Ayn Rand. After Prometheus escapes this dystopia, he creates a new society in the forest. It can be hypothesized that he would not lead his society in a collectivist way, or with any of the unfair rules that were established in the dystopia he used to live in. It would be expected that Prometheus would allow for total individual expression and would allow for human rights of free speech, participation government, and personal expression of ideas. Before Prometheus escaped the cruel environment of this dystopian society, he tried to prove his individual value. He had to escape from the prison and travel to the place where the world council of scholars was meeting, in order to present his invention of the light bulb and be recognized by his society. As expected, the council of scholars had no place for ambition or improvement, especially from an individual, and was therefore unable to comprehend or accept Prometheus’ discovery. Prometheus realizes that mankind cannot survive and will only regress if individual success or creativity is outlawed. This knowledge isolates Prometheus and makes him feel the need to flee and live in his own, separate world. He sacrifices his security to start the process of self-liberation after being rejected. In this new society, Prometheus discovered the word “I”, he then decided to make sure that this word would not die again. Prometheus states, “I shall live here, in my own house. I shall take my food from the earth by the toil of my own hands… but close forever to my brothers, for their minds are shackled to the weakest and dullest ones among them.” (99-100) By stating this, Prometheus promises to create a new, innovative society, using the “secrets” he has learned about the past. He also promises to recreate the technological achievements that his predecessors had developed. It could be inferred that in this new society he would propose a life which is free from the customs and rules that he used to have to follow. In addition, Prometheus would not make his new world a collectivist society. Lastly, he might create a bill of rights for all of its citizens, in order to make sure that each and every person has rights, and is able to also show their individuality. After being rejected from a collectivist dystopian society, Prometheus decided to create his own society. It can be inferred that his society would promote individualism and freedom. This society would probably have natural rights for all its citizens, ensuring equality among its people. Although collectivism can lead to certain advancements, the collectivism portrayed in Anthem’s society is an extreme, which caused regression for this futuristic society.