Equality realizes that there is hope, for him to be an individual not just to be a part of a collectivism. Toward the end of the novel Equality figures out that he can have a future as an individual by making his own decisions. He will have a house of his own “I shall live here in my own house” (99). Also in Equality’s future he will have a the choice to learn and accomplish what he wants in order to make him feel proud within himself. “ I shall learn many secrets from my books” (99).
Ayn Rand uses Equality’s discovery of light and his relationship with the rest of society to help readers infer the light’s symbolic meaning as the truth of egoism, a truth that cannot be destroyed. In Anthem society has sunk into a dark age. The people are all living dark stale lives were any creative or individual thought is outlawed. As a result all the citizens are sickly creatures living in constant fear. “we look upon our brothers and we wonder.
Equality Changes Overtime The book Anthem by Ayn Rand is a very interesting book. At first, it is confusing to the reader because of the use of the words we and us instead of I. The main character, Equality 7-2521 introduces himself in the plural form. The reader takes a while to figure this out. Rand wrote this story in 1937 in a form of a diary.
It is due to the endurance of collectivism that success is impeded and the “beams” that are supposed to support the monument of society instead “collaps[e]” under their own cause. Through the stimulation of questioning, Equality makes brazen discoveries and challenges the beliefs of the society, which draws him closer to the liberation of his
Equality gets to a point in which he finds joy in discovery, and states (with pride) that “We, Equality 7-2521, have discovered a new power of nature. And we have discovered it alone, and we are alone to know it” (Rand 52). Equality finds this sudden advancement because of his own will in admitting a lack of knowledge, and it is in this lack of knowledge that he finds a need to learn, wanting to better his understanding of...everything. Returning to the idea of Equality’s joy being a massive source of his motivation, he finds joy in being around the golden one, and wishes to improve the quality of life for her, for the one he loves, as such, he is better motivated to make life more luxurious for her sake, to provide her with
In their society, it is a sin for a citizen to have their own individual ideas and preferences, much like how in communist Russia the people were treated as one. The main character, Equality is said to be cursed for being intelligent and asking questions. He later finds a tunnel from the Unmentionable Times which he uses to conduct his own experiments. Equality learns how to make light using electricity and decides to share his discovery with the Council of Scholars, hoping that they will forgive his sins. When Equality takes his discovery to the World Council of Scholars, they are angered by his discovery of light and tell him that they have “much to say to a wretch who have broken all the laws… How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers.” (Rand, p.71).
On the other hand, from a character standpoint, Equality’s motivation is to prove to himself that he can make a difference in his society. Equality’s motivation from an author’s standpoint is not candidly mentioned in the novel Anthem, but is covertly apparent if we read in between the lines. Equality’s
The years of intellectual toil come to fruition at Equality’s rediscovery of the lightbulb, marking a technological watershed in a society where technology is limited to candles and glass windowpanes. It is by virtue of his indomitable freedom of thought that Equality is able to retain his unflagging curiosity and make strides in his quest for knowledge. Society’s condemnation of independent thinking is not the only chain that shackles the mind and inhibits scientific progress—so is the individual’s will. Despite the Councils’ powerful thought control, citizens are never forced into subservience. They are not deprived, blackmailed, or drugged.