Equality lives in a collectivist society, which is a society that believes, “that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.” Therefore, Equality being the person he is, struggles with being an individual. He knows it is against the law but he enjoys knowledge so much, it confuses him. He states, “And in our heart-strange are the ways of evil! - and in our heart there is the first peace we have known in 20 years.”
At the beginning of Anthem Equality has changed his mind about a lot of things in the beginning of the story. Equality got picked to be a street sweeper by the government, but he really wanted to be a scholar but couldn’t because of the government. Equality had a rough life. Well he was a street sweeper but he was smart enough to be a scholar the government did not think he was. In the book anthem by ayn rand Equality was not good for any body or anything at the beginning he had a rough start to his life.
This made Equality find out who he is and gave him the chance to be an individual. Equality’s views and mindset changes through out the book. He was born in a society where people are named by numbers. A world where people are used as machines. In this world the word “I” is out of existence.
He completely understands what his society stands for, yet says “All men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together” (Rand20). It is easy to see that equality deep down wants to be an individual. Equality finds great pride in individuality. He says “I am, I think, I will” (Rand94). This means that whatever he sets his mind to, no matter whether or not the government thinks it's morally correct, he will still strive to achieve his goal.
In response to the choice of Street Sweeper, Equality thinks, “We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it” (26). With his intelligence and curiosity, Equality would do much better as a Scholar. The government punishes him for being different, and as a result, they can’t see him become advantageous. They are blinded by their beliefs on
They leapt to their feet, they ran from the table, and they stood pressed against the wall, huddled together, seeking the warmth of one another’s bodies to give them courage” (70). Equality is smart, perhaps too smart or so that's what the councils thinks. The council recognizes that Equality is too knowledgeable and too inquisitive to allow himself to become a blind sheep in the herd. In the puzzle of which Equality lives, he is simply a tiny piece of a bigger picture.
Equality is what most people strive for in their lives. Like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” humans are constantly searching for the “just right” idea. However, hopefully we understand that there are flaws in society so it can never be ‘just right’ or completely equal. Both authors of dystopian stories, such as Ayn Rand, author of the novella Anthem, and Kurt Vonnegut, author of the short story“Harrison Bergeron”, display what total equality is and its consequences in a dystopian society. These stories explain thoroughly how the idea of equality is naturally impossible and how corruption will always exist.
Later in the novella, Equality does not care what laws he breaks because he knows that he is different and he is starting to realize that being different is not something to shelter and be ashamed of. “We have stolen candles from the Home of the Street Sweepers, we have stolen flints and knives and paper, and we have brought them to this place” (Rand 35). This shows that for Equality to fulfill his curiosity, he will go against his society and do what he feels is right. “We lunged against the door and it gave way. We stole through the dark passages, and through dark streets, and down our tunnel” (67).
Escaping Communism Ayn Rand depicts a communist world in her book Anthem, where the citizens live day to day identical to the one before. Equality 7-2521, a struggling man in the society, is set apart for his strive of wanting more than what the society gives him. Rand shows that in a world carried on in such a communistic matter, it leaves some struggling and at a loss to make do with what they have and to fit in. The book, Anthem gives a grand example of how others react to one’s differences, shunning them or giving a punishment. Equality 7-2521 has a compelling ambition to learn things which then helps him escape the society.
This essay will be about a book with a very different world from ours. In Anthem the "Normal" day is very opposite from ours, in many ways physically and mentally main character Equality is a man very much like us in a society that shuns him for being so. His average day consisted of waking up, eating breakfast and working until it was time to attend the theater. Then inevitably starting the process over each day until the age of 40. For them in their age of evolution the age of forty is the verge of the end for them and they sit in a retirement home till the end.
Equality discovers what individualism is and what it means, but when Equality finds out what it means it changes his view throughout the
One of Equality’s main goals in the beginning of the novella was to become a scholar when he turned 15 years of age. Even though Equality received the mandate to be a street sweeper, he did the same work, if not more superior work, as the Scholars in his secret tunnel. When Equality was exiled from his city and found the house in the Uncharted Forest from the Unmentionable Times, he wanted to study it and all of the house's contents. Equality wanted to read all of the books that he found in the house so that he could learn the words that were lost in the Unmentionable Times. When Equality told Liberty about his findings and his discovery of the word “I”, Liberty’s first words that she spoke to Equality were, “‘I love you”’ (98).
Equality for All “Equality in pay has improved in the US since 1979 when women earned about 62 percent as much as men. In 2010, American women on average earned 81 percent of what their male counterparts earned” ( Highlights in the US). “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem both are dystopian societies that tried to create equality, but end up with horrible corruption, no real equality, and incorrect portrayals of equality. In “Harrison Bergeron” the society leaders use handicaps to bring people down to the lowest level or the “average” of their society. There are similar concepts in Anthem, no one can be better than anyone, but they use shame and guilt to keep their people in line.