Directions: Read the following song. Circle the metaphors (figurative language). In a response explain how V for Vendetta and Anthem portray the themes in either the song by Rush or the quote by Tocqueville or both.
“The Trees” by Rush
a. The rock band Rush wrote the song “The Trees” as a metaphor for forced human equality. Read the lyrics and discuss the metaphor as it exists in society today.
b. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “One also encounters a depraved taste for equality in the human heart that brings the weak to want to draw the strong to their level and that reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom.” How does this quote relate to the lyrics in “The Trees”?