Equality 7-2521 Essay

819 WordsMay 7, 20134 Pages
Equality 7-2521 is a young, fearless, and most of all, smart teenage boy. He has always had a mind for science and new knowledge. Equality is an objectivist in Anthem. For as long as he can remember, he has wanted to know about the world and all of its mysteries. He has wanted to be on his own, have his own identity, and do what makes him happy. In Equality’s community though there are many discouragements. He struggles for self-identification in a society that has rejected individualism in favor of collectivism. Not even the strongest of them can stop him from seeking what he loves though. In chapter one, Equality gives an example of this by stating, “And questions give us no rest. We know not why our curse makes us seek we know not what, ever and ever. But we cannot resist it. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we can know them if we try, and that we must know them. We ask, why must we know, but it has no answer to give us. We must know that we may know.” Equality recognizes that inventing the light bulb would be a vast break through if people found out about it. He is not making it to please the community though. Equality’s strongest driving force is mere desire to gain happiness and knowledge because of his objectivist qualities. He wants live for himself and not under the rule of a communist society. He pursues his determination continuously but rarely gets the outcome he strives for. When he eventually finds the underground tunnel, he feels a freedom that is so new to him that he disregards the consequences of being caught. He is excited to find that there is something more. Equality has been raised believing the others are right, so he feels guilty for his curiosity and hopes that his discovery will redeem him. Ultimately, he puts his love for science above what he is taught is right making him feel guilty, but he

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