Equality’s road to individuality begins with standing up to his oppressors and learning that thinking for one’s self is the only way to happiness and success. To begin, Equality’s road to freedom begins with finding the underground tunnel system. This is where Equality begins to explore his individuality. He steals candles, flints, knives, paper, glass vials, powders, acids, and even manuscripts. He is breaking the law by taking these things, but he is curious, which is where his individuality stems from.
In the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, there are many quotes that have a very significant meaning in the story, as well as in the real world. Equality lives in a society where everyone does, says, and thinks what they’re told to, having no sense of being their own person. Equality eventually gets tired of all of these rules, spoken and unspoken, and decides to defy his society. Throughout the novel, Equality was able to find who he was and what his purpose was by challenging his society, and it’s rules. One of the first quotes that has a more significant meaning is when Equality says, “The word ‘We’... crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the gray of it” (97).
Equality lives out the beginning of his life in the Home of Infants. Already the idea that he was to be the same as the rest of his brothers is being pushed upon him. One of Equality’s earliest memories is that “the sleeping halls there were white and clean and bare of all things save one hundred beds” (20). Within the Home of Infants there is no opportunity to express any sort of individuality. When Equality presents his lightbox to the World Council of Scholars, they show that they are extremely against individual creativity.
From when Equality begins to commit transgressions, ranging from stealing candles and manuscripts to being alone, he finally feels that, “in our heart there is the first peace we have known in twenty years” (37). Equality’s peace exhibits that fact that even though he has committed numerous transgressions, he is not at odds with himself because he is doing what he personally wants to do, under his own power and will--not stemming from the will of his brothers. The concept of Equality and his individuality continually appears throughout the story, but is clearly evident when he, “wish[es] it were possible to us to know the likeness of our own person” (62). Equality realizing that he strives to know what he looks like pushes him farther from his brothers and their ideals of collectivism and signifies the next step on his journey to discovering the true value of individuality. Finally, at the conclusion of the story, Equality decides that his, “home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake.” For one to exist for themselves, by their own wishes and desires, they must first free themselves from the suffocating ideals of collectivism.
He’s curious about the world around him and wants to know how everything works. For him to pursue his motivations, he’ll have to do things that one else has ever done in his community. As a consequence of Equality 7-2521 continuous efforts to follow his motivations, he’ll face the wrath of the elders in his community. Equality 7-2521’s motivation is admirable in, “Anthem” since he knew there would be consequences for his actions, but he still worked hard to follow his dream. He faced the wrath of his elders for being so curious and wanting to know everything.
Equality finally gets to escape his miserable society and all the institutions, practices, and officials that are a part of it. He comes to the realization that there is more to life than serving other people, and that he owes nothing to his brothers or his society. Equality, after struggling and fighting for his freedom, finally knows why he lives and what has been missing in his life. “The moral purpose of a man’s life is the achievement of his own happiness.” (The Ethics of
In this moment, Equality finally realized how cruel his world really was. Equality escaped the persecution offered by the World Council and retreated into the Uncharted Forest. Therefore, being met with these unfair rules, Equality invisons a society that would flourish under one idea: Individualism. Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of an individual. This is something in Anthem that people in the society do not have.
Another thing that Equality 7-2521 realizes, is that being the same does not add happiness, and appears to be very boring, and selfish of the Council of Vocations, the leaders and elders of the society, where our main character lives in. Equality 7-2521 dislikes the rules and orders, of his society, and his life as a Street Sweeper, a job that the Council of Vocations, chose for him. The Council of Vocations, a group made up of five, three males, and the other two, females. The leaders and elders of the dystopian society, who make the rules, which Equality 7-2521 secretly dislikes. The Council of Vocations believes that they are the true gods
Equality is something people want till people actually have it. Equality often limits a person’s abilities and disables to do something for themselves or inspire themselves. Equality's, the main character in the book Anthem, the primary motivation is proving that he is smart enough to become a scholar. Equality has a right to be motivated in this way since he believes that he can help the society so he is giving into the collectivism. I think that if everyone was motivated in this way, there would be a more progressive society where people sought to improve themselves and society at the same time.
Equality believes in the freedom of exploration, creation, and the act of doing by oneself as despised by his brothers who believe all acts should be done together as group. Not doing so shall be evil to them and considered threatening as Equality believes it is acceptable whether you do it or not. This is the disparity of Equality and his peer’s