Literary Analysis Of Anthem, By Ayn Rand

It is a sin to write and read the following. It shows the ways in which the character, Equality 72521 from the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, and how he was not in by any means wrong in writing what he had written. The following will go through the community, himself, and finally his independence from the community and his “brothers” of his old life.
The community is the words you hear most often when talking about an environment. It’s one of those words we are all taught when we were younger about what an environment is. Equality 72521 lives in a community where there are many things he can and cannot do. He has grown up with one hundred brothers and each of them from the ages of fifteen have a job they are assigned. With this job they will have
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“And here, over the portals of my fort, I shall cut in the stone the word which is to be my beacon and my banner. The word which will not die, should we all perish in battle. The word which can never die on this earth, for it, is the heart of it and the meaning and the glory. The sacred word: EGO”
(Chapter 12, Paragraphs 2526).
This word came from the unmentionable times and the entire community believes that it would bring the place to ruin if they started thinking individually. Equality himself is learning about everything new. He’s started to rebel against the community by not following orders. “It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see.” (Chapter 1). Throughout the entire story, Equality is writing on paper, thoughts that no one will ever see or think. He does this in a tunnel in which his friend International 48818 knows about, but will keep his mouth shut for his friend not to get discovered. Inside this tunnel Equality starts to run through ways of getting accepted by the Scholars.“No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many Scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom. Yet
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In which he calls his “light”. He also shows us the details in which he discovers for himself. Mainly electricity is the one we see him go towards the most because he realizes it is something no one, in his community, has ever thought of before. “For this wire is a part of our body, as a vein tore from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?” (Chapter 5, Paragraph 10). Once he was in the palace of corrective detention, he says, “Our blessing upon you, our brothers! Tomorrow, you will take us back into your fold and we shall be an outcast no longer. Tomorrow we shall be one of you again. Tomorrow . . .” (Chapter 6, Paragraph 28).
After the meeting with the world council of scholars and being refused into the council following in his own independence. He runs to the uncharted forest where he finally decides to leave the community for good. “We have lied to ourselves. We have not built this box for the good of our brothers. We built it for its own sake.” (Chapter 7,
Paragraph 59). This quote comes to show that he thought he was doing the right thing by showing it to his brothers, but now he realizes that everything is for his own sake

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