Equality 7 2521 Essay

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Anthem is a novella written by Ayn Rand, in which Equality 7-2521, the protagonist, struggles for self-identification living in a collectivist society. Equality believes that individuality is an eminent aspect of one’s life because individuality defines and outlines who man is. He endures all the hardships in his life living with people who support collectivism, and who reject his ideas. For example, when Equality 7-2521 invents and exhibits the light bulb, the World Council rejects it and tells him that it is selfish to work on something alone instead of working with his brothers. The World Council threatens to destroy the light bulb but Equality does not let that happen and rebels, so he is forced into exile from his society. Equality realizes that he is different from others because he cares about his happiness unlike others who are convinced to believe that a group’s happiness counts more than an individual’s happiness.
After Equality is sent into exile he comes upon the perfect place for him to live: the Uncharted Forest. Equality feels very safe in the forest and, he is happy because for the first time ever he does not wake up in the morning because he has to but because he rested well. He enjoys eating his food for the first time and realizes that he actually is happier when away from everyone in the city. Before he sees his reflection in the water, Equality says, “We knelt by the stream and we bent down to drink. And then we stopped. For, upon the blue of the sky below us, we saw our own face for the first time.” (Rand 80).Because he now knows how his image looks, he feels like he can trust himself and confidently adds, “And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being.” (Rand 80). In other words since the being is Equality’s reflection he feels that as long as he trusts himself he will be safe because he is a true individual and chooses the path of his life. He is his own boss and knows that his happiness is important throughout life. He is confident and controls his own emotions, senses, mind and body.
One of the main reasons why Equality is so different from others is because he distinguishes the right from the wrong and is very inquisitive. Equality explores for answers to his questions and knows how to make right decisions in his life that will lead him to success Even if it means breaking the rules he will do the right things because he knows it is worth his happiness. He refutes that people have to work together to achieve something by creating light on his own. Equality 7-2521 chooses to go to the Uncharted Forest where he finds more love and happiness than he ever had before. Equality uses his judgment and mind to search for...

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