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Imagine a world where the individual has been repressed to the point that the word I no longer exists Now as hellish as that sounds imagine that you are the only one who has the capability to break free from the iron fists that are choking you and your brothers This is the life of Equality 7-2521 the principal character and narrator of Ayn Rands Anthem Anthem takes place in the dark ages of the future in a totally collectivized world This culture has regressed to conditions reminiscent of Ancient Greece and the European Dark Ages In the midst of fear and subordination one man stands alone Equality 7-2521 is not like his brothers He is able think create and defy This makes him extremely dangerous He holds the threat of change in his hands and his government will stop at nothing to take it from him Equalitys society represses him because they are afraid of those that threaten the established order One major catalyst for change is intelligence Equality displays evidence of genius at a young age We Equality 7-2521 were not happyin the Home of the Students It was not that the learningwas too hard for us It wastoo easy Rand 16 In Equalitys society it is evil to be different from ones brothers let alone to be better than they are He is taught at an early age to be ashamed of his intellectual superiority This is a sin to be born with a head which is too quick Rand 16 This device of suppression by means of shame was used in an attempt to stifle geniuses and hence pacify his societys fear of change As Equality grew he confirmed their fears During his lifetime he made many revelations and discoveries His most profound breakthrough was his re-invention of electricity We Equality 7-2521 have discovered a new power of nature Rand 54 He produced a primitive light bulb He wanted to use
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