We have fought against saying it, but now it is said. We do not care.
"It is a sin to write this. It is is a sin to think words no others think and to put them upon a paper no others are to see" (Rand 17). Starting the book off with this quote, this introduces us to Anthem's dystopia. This is also the start of Equality's internal conflict: choosing whether to obey society or to listen to himself.
Our dearest one.
As Equality prepares for bed, her worries about his brothers such as Fraternity 2-5503 and Solidarity 9-6347 who would cry at night and cry for help. He notes how fear has affected them all but himself.
"No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many Scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom. Yet we can. We do" (Rand 54). In this chapter, Equality starts to openly value himself over other people. He is highly motivated to pursue his own study against the will of society.
In this chapter, both Liberty and Equality have shown their first instance of physical affection. They also gave each other nicknames - "The Golden One" and the "Unconquered" respectively, which breaks their society's law on using another name not given by the Council.
Here Equality detaches himself from the "group" mentality and becomes proud of himself for finding a power stronger than the Council of Scholars. He starts to care what happens to his body and the things he creates over what society wants him to believe. He plans to show his discoveries to the Council of Scholars, which most would believe is a bad idea.
"For our gift is greater than our trans- gression."
After being caught outside of curfew, Equality is punished. He does not give in to his torturer's demands, refusing to give up his plans to show the Council of Scholars his new discovery of electricity. Here Equality has shown a large amount of resilience and determination.