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Equality 7-2521, despite all regulations and accepted practices, decides to explore this new find. This society believes the earth is flat, the sun revolves around it, and bleeding is a method of curing ailments. Because this society supposedly has no individuals, all decisions are made by a sub-group that controls the larger group. And he doesn't resist them. All of the other men are subdued and obedient, somewhat like an old dog.

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SparkNotes: Anthem: Chapter I, page 2

anthem study guide chapter 1

The society tries to get rid of sexual feelings by not being allowed to prefer one person over another. The narrator's all alone there — this constitutes another great evil. First off, it was actually a good book. Which consists of seeing fantastically exciting plays about how wonderful is to work. The word reflects individualism, which is forbidden in this collectivist, dystopian society. The theme of love is shown between Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000. The Councils are in no danger from the mindless brutes of a society, whose strong backs are harnessed for manual labor.

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Anthem Study Guide

anthem study guide chapter 1

Galileo was threatened with torture by the Inquisition for defending the heliocentric theory in astronomy — and his earlier colleague, Giordano Bruno, was burned at the stake for the same reason. Equality realizes that his goal is to be himself, and be all that he can be. Though he has been taught to believe that being alone and worshipping the self are sins, he feels no regret about doing these things because he believes them to be right, which is more important to him than anything society can teach him. He wanted to be a Scholar. The worst part of the collective society for Rand is its bland -obliteration of all individual characteristics and features. His days are structured down to the minute.

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Anthem Chapter 1 Summary

anthem study guide chapter 1

It is hard enough to find a handful of people with the same interests as me, let alone a city full. Because of the brainwashing that characterizes the world of Anthem, the conflict in the novel has a dual nature. In a brilliantly original indictment of collectivism, Ayn Rand points out that to fully subordinate the individual mind to society, collectivists must wipe out the very concept of an individual. But he, assuming it's a he, doesn't care. As these opinions gather, a powerful thought can form-the concept of questioning authority and stepping outside the conformity of society. He is doing something before his brothers. Equality 7-2521 is like many of the great thinkers and scientists of history who have met hostility from the leaders of their times.

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Anthem Study Guide

anthem study guide chapter 1

Afterward, Equality 7-2521 begins to sneak away to the tunnel instead of watching the plays at the City Theatre. Equality gave the name Gaea to the Golden One because she is the mother of the new beginning. Also, choosing a friend requires individual thought, , and value judgments, all of which are forbidden. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Equality 7-2521 shows only a nascent awareness of his ill treatment at the hands of his collectivist community, indicating that society has successfully enforced conformity in the mental as well as the physical and governmental spheres. There are windows everywhere and they can see there reflection. When the Council of Vocations announces their assigned vocations, Equality 7-2521 hopes to be made a Scholar even more than a Leader, an honorable profession which leads to election to the City, State, and World Councils.

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anthem study guide chapter 1

He found he could learn faster and better than the other kids, and he found himself always wanting to know more. Thus, Equality 7-2521, the hero, is taller than his compatriots, and International 4-8818, who is also a good character, stands apart from his fellows because he has laughter in his eyes. In his rejection of collectivism, he shuns the principles of the Nazis and Communists. He wants to fit in, but stands out. He understands that to be a human being is to be a thinker. Equality is punished just for being different.

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SparkNotes: Anthem: Chapter I, page 2

anthem study guide chapter 1

Once he descends the ladder, Equality 7-2521 finds himself in a large tunnel. As in many dystopian novels of the period -- such as 1984 -- and as in the Soviet Union itself, language becomes a major vehicle through which the society enforces mental compliance. Equality is happy to be alive and is proud of himself. He tells us that he was 'lashed' and 'locked in the basement' much more often than the other children. Two years prior to the writing of his journal, Equality 7-2521 is working beside International 4-8818 because Union 5-3992 is sick with convulsions, and the two discover the iron grill entrance to a tunnel among the weeds next to the City Theatre.

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Anthem Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis from LitCharts

anthem study guide chapter 1

You can tell that she is also freethinking, just by the way she walked up to him. GradeSaver, 31 July 2009 Web. When they pull at it, the earth falls in and they find a series of steps leading into the darkness below. These themes include love, desire, equality, freedom, and individuality. There was no talk about starving or anything disheartening. He'd rather die than lose it.

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Anthem Chapter 1 Summary

anthem study guide chapter 1

Instead, he is given the profession of Street Sweeper, and he decides to atone for his sin of desire by proudly working his new job. With all the jobs the council had to offer, there was only one that Equality 7-2521 dreamed to be. The society in which Anthem is set is a very dystopian, futuristic, and harsh society. And during that time, he's learned much more than he learned in ten years in the House of the Students. As a result he was whipped quite frequently. He used to think of evil as being alone and thinking independently, but now he thinks of evil as not being different and still being stuck with his brothers. Explain Transgressions: the breaking of a law or oath Equality chooses International 4-8818 as his friend pg.

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