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In the beginning Equality 7-2521 lives where the sole purpose of living is for the good of humanity and striving for selflessness This would all seem ideal except this seemingly perfect world is eventually revealed as a corrupt Eden in Ayn Rands novelette Anthem Throughout the story Equalitys journey can ironically be compared to genesis the transgressions of each party and the impact the expulsion from paradise has on Adam and Equality Like in genesis Equalitys adventure starts where everything he needs is given to him as long as he follows the rules set by the government or in Adams case God In the bible the rule was to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil lest they anger God and be punished for it In a similar way the people in Equalitys community are only allowed the intelligence of their weakest link If anyone is to seek out knowledge for him or herself they are to be sent to corrective detention Each story is even similar in the repetitiveness of a certain phrase and saw that it was goodGenesis 19 The sleeping halls were white and clean and bare of all things save one hundred bedsp21 All is well for a while until doubt and temptation creep in for both equality and Adam For the latter it is when the serpent tempts eve into eating the forbidden fruit by making her doubt Gods word Eve thenshares the fruit with Adam Equality also tempted by the serpent that is the tunnels under the manhole he discovers from the unmentionable times loses faith in what his society says and therefore is brought out of his ignorance after discovering the light bulb and pursuing other knowledge on his own which in his world is the ultimate sin The accounts of adam and Equality are alike in the way they are both condemned for
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