Anthem Conclusion For Individuality

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“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible, and forever" (19). In the first pages of the book, it depicted a society where the leaders, also called Scholars, of Anthem used the law and their ranking as chains to keep all the citizens from thinking for themselves. In the beginning of Anthem, Equality 7-2521 had tried to fight off his individuality in fear of how the Scholars would reprimand him for his “sins”. And he was determined to follow the laws of the society and disregard his needs for feelings, curiosity, and choices. But somewhere along the way, he started to embrace his originality and found that it needed to be shared with others. He had said what he was writing down was a sin, but by the end of the book, he realized that his sin, his individuality, is what made him who he was and that no man should have to hide from their true character.

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When a man’s basic rights are taken away is he suppose to be content with life? When other men, who are supposedly omniscient, decides how another man shall live his entire life, should he lower his head and be submissive? The answer is no. One can not be beaten into silence because they fear the wrath of what others might think or say. Equality 7-2521, at first, did not understand that as a human he had rights, but he knew that he was not happy. He wrote that the way he thought, felt, and believed was a sin; but he still felt the need to write his thoughts down. Instead of complying to the ways of society, he matured throughout Anthem and discovered his self-worth and acceptance of individualism. And by the end of the book, Equality 7-2521 had realized he did not want to live his life by the choices of others. He finally understood that he was a man, with rights to live his life, feelings to care for the ones he chooses, and a brain to decide what he wants to

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