Comparison Anthem vs. By the Waters Of Babylon

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In the stories, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and By the Waters of Babylon, by Stephen Vincent Benet, each of the main characters posses a desire deep within themselves to discover things that they do not already know about. Equality and John both live in societies where almost all knowledge of the past has been forgotten. These communities are enveloped in superstition, which causes them to fear the unknown. The desire within Equality and John, however, …

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…which showed him a “fire falling from the sky”, or the end of the world as it had been. He realized then that the whom he worshipped as gods were merely men like himself. The roads that he called god roads were merely paved roads that average men had walked upon. And the city that to him was the land of the gods, was merely New York City, a city where regular humans had lived.