Living in a world with complete fairness among people sounds perfect, but not when everyone in your society is forced to be completely the same. In the story Anthem, Equality is a character that is different from the others in his society of forced sameness. Equality longs to learn and expand his knowledge, however, there are rules that halt Equality from following his own will, but also push him to learn more. No one is allowed to read, write, experiment, or explore. These rules allow the community to be easily controlled, and forces them to stay similar to one another. Equality breaks these rules and escapes his suffocating home to create his own society of independent people. In Equality’s new world he will have complete freedom and no rules holding people back from learning and growing. …show more content…
The story reads, “It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see” (Rand 17). Men in Equality’s society are not allowed to have their own thoughts, instead their thoughts must be the same as everyone else that is in their community. The rules set in place stop people from thinking for themselves and fighting back against the government. If people began to think and realize that all the strict commands they were forced to follow where unnecessary they would revolt. The rules limit Equality from discovering new inventions and growing to be himself. The laws, however also help advance Equality to discover and learn more about his world. The commands in place are to stop individuality among men and create a easier environment to control, however these laws also help puch Equality to learn and grow more which allows him to produce his inventions and discover the Unspeakable
Equality started a family with his beloved, The Golden One and lived happily ever after (Rand, n.pag.). These two characters saw the issues in the equality of the government. When a society is ruled in a communistic fashion, like “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem, pleasing everyone is nearly impossible. These dystopian worlds attempting to live in a community where equality is the focus, have failed. They have failed using their manipulation over the entire society and had rebellion.
The laws the government had in Anthem helped achieve total equality. There’s this one word that you cannot say in the society: “there is no crime punished by death in this world, save this one crime of speaking the unspeakable word.” (Rand, 49). Anthem’s society has a law that will get you killed for saying one word. With laws like these everyone will be too scared to do anything wrong keeping the society equal behavior wise.
Equality 7-2521 can free himself from collectivism because he was independent. In the novel Anthem Ayn Rand makes us comprehend that Equality had and inner struggle and
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.
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
Throughout Anthem, Equality in the beginning fears of being the different one. In society it was so wrong to be different. To Equality and everyone else it was a curse. It was a curse to 6 feet tall. It was a curse to be smarter than everyone else (Anthem).
To this day, equality has roared across the world leaving people in a well rounded environment. Equality is a significant factor today because it allows people to live a life knowing they can be themselves and because equality brings peace. First, equality gives people the privilege of having a life knowing they feel belonged because of others. For example, in the book “Wonder,” August Pullman is a kid that is physically different from the others, so he gets treated differently than he would like.
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.”
As the novella progresses Equality transforms into an individual who isn’t afraid to flaunt his individuality. “When I shall have read all the books and learned my new way, when my home will be ready and my earth tilled, I shall steal one day, for the last time into the cursed City of my birth.” (Rand 101). Thus doing so Equality wants to educate himself and bring the others to his new home in order to create his own society where people are free to be themselves. There he and the others will embrace the word “I” and be free to become
Equality states he must release his friends and let them out into the world do that they can become their own individuals. He realizes there is something important about them because they experience something different from him and many others in Anthem’s collectivist society. Equality sees that their individualism can rebuild the world back to how it used to be. Individuality is important for the world and everyone in it for it provides new
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).
In the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand there is a society where everyone is the same. The book starts out by introducing Equality 7-2521, a young man who doesn't understand why he can’t follow the same rules as others. In “Anthem” people were never taught the word “I” but “we” because they should not care about anyone than the people around them. In the book it explains many different characters that break the rules for their friends. Having friends, looking at girls, talking to girls is not allowed.
The extent to which all men are created equal can be better defined by analyzing the unalienable rights themselves. In the past, American society has been has been a breeding ground for unnecessary hate crimes and slavery. However, strides are being made everyday with advancements on social issues such as gay and women’s rights. Furthermore, although these rights are provided at birth, they are not always protected by the government. Therefore, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights given to all Americans at birth and should be protected as such.