Equality 7-2521: An Analysis

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Although Equality 7-2521 is not disfigured, but quite the contrary, he does stand apart from his “brothers” because of his towering height, being told as a child by his Teachers “[t]here is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers” (18). From an early age, he is led to believe that his physique is the cause of his otherness. However, there is much more to his uniqueness than his stature. His inquisitive personality and love for science also draw attention to his differences because “learning was too easy” for him (21). Being reared in a Totalitarian Collectivist society Equality 7-2521 is taught that there is no goodness in individuality, and thinking for oneself is the root of all evil…show more content…
The Council’s complete dismissal and rejection of his discovery is the catalyst that Equality 7-2521 needs to become his own man and reject the damaging effects of the “we” collective mind frame. Upon his rejection by the Council of Scholars, he is able to gather the mental strength to move passed the intellectual and societal isolation and realize that there is more to the world than “[t]he worship of the word “We”” (Anthem 102). Unlike The Creature, Equality 7-2521 is able to overcome fears of isolation and loneliness and pursue a life outside of society. However, both Equality 7-2521 and The Creature strive to have companions of the opposite sex in their lives to nurture their emotional isolation and help create in them a sense of belonging and…show more content…
The Creature, by entering into a discourse on isolation with Victor, emerges as a vulnerable and piteous character. He does not maintain the macho persona as Equality 7-2521 does. Unlike Equality 7-2521 who commits the “Transgression of Preference” by choosing only certain peers to keep company, and by desiring solitude, The Creature has no such choice (Anthem 22). The Creature craves companionship and comradery, though because of his unfortunate outward appearance people greet him with shrieks and gasps of horror. Victor’s own feelings toward The Creature point to this unattainable goal when he recounts the emotions that The Creature stirs in

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