What Is Equality 7-2521 Revealed In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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Anthem is told from the point of view of Equality 7-2521, but in the society that he lives in there is no one person. There is no “I”, there is only “we”. Equality 7-2521 speaks using words like “we” and “us” instead of “I” and “me”. One could say that the story is really told by mankind itself. Equality 7-2521 could be just a representation, or human form of mankind's true spirit. Equality 7-2521 lives in a society where “there are no men but only the great WE” (19). Men do not live for themselves they only live to toil for their brothers. Equality 7-2521’s point of view is different from his brothers because he wants things for himself and himself only, which is a crime. Equality 7-2521 wishes to have knowledge beyond …show more content…
When he discovered the theatre he was with International 4-8818 who Equality 7-2521 considered his friend, which is forbidden for all men should love every one of their brothers equally and should not chose to love one more than another. Equality 7-2521 urged International 4-8818 to go down into the tunnel with him, but he would not. Equality 7-2521 went down into the tunnel alone and down there he discovered a whole different world from the unspeakable times. When Equality 7-2521 emerged from exploring the tunnel International 4-8818 told Equality 7-2521 that they had to report the tunnel to the council, but Equality 7-2521 told him that they should keep it a secret and use it to discover the secrets of the world around them. International 4-8818 was a true friend and agreed to keep it a secret even though it was against all the rules. “Rather be evil with you than good with all our brothers.” (34) International 4-8818 loves Equality 7-2521 more than his other brothers so he will keep the tunnel a secret for Equality 7-2521.
In the tunnel Equality 7-2521 was able to eased his hunger for knowledge. Equality 7-2521 knew he was breaking many laws by doing so, but he did not care anymore for he wanted knowledge. “We have learned things which are not in the scripts…. And yet there is no shame in us and no regret.” (36-37) Equality 7-2521 knew he was breaking laws and if he were discovered the punishment would be unimaginable, but he was not afraid. Equality 7-2521 didn’t care about punishment because he was getting the knowledge he always

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