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The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand tells the story of Equality 7-2521 an individual living in a communal society devoid of human individuality In a future where there is no love no science and everyone is equal and of one entity one man defies the group to be his own person I owe nothing to my brothers nor do I gather debts from them I ask none to live for me nor do I live for any others I cover no mans soul nor is my soul theirs to cover Rand 96AntimetaboleEquality 7-2521 began his life in the Home of Infants and was educated in the Home of Students He had a keen mind and excelled at his schoolwork however he was punished for his achievements because to be in any way superior to others was considered evil Equalitys hope was to be made a Scholar by the Council of Vocations but when he reached the age of fifteen the council assigned him to the profession of Street Sweeper Equality accepted this as his punishment for desiring one profession over another Equality worked with the street sweepers until while working one day he found an underground tunnel He spend large amounts of time in his tunnel studying stolen manuscripts and learning about an individualistic society that had obviously disappeared Equalitys discovery of electricity becomes a revolutionary concept in his and the Council of Scholars minds When Equality took his discoveries to the World Council of Scholars the Scholars rejected them because they had not been generated by the group Equality fled and ran into the Uncharted Forest where he found Liberty 5-3000 Together they found a house in the forest and settled there Through reading books he found in the house Equality rediscovered a great lost word I Perhaps promoted by these new ideas Equality violated the conventions of his culture and fell in love with Liberty 5-3000 To show preference for one person over
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