"Anthem" Chapters 1-4 Sarah Campbell

"Anthem" Chapters 1-4 Sarah Campbell

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  • Equality 7-2521 is smarter than his brothers and so desperately wishes to become a scholar. After being assigned a job as a street sweeper, the reader can feel Equality's disappointment when he states, "We would accept our Life Mandate, and we would work for our brothers, gladly and willingly, and we would erase our sin against them, which they did not know, but we knew" (Rand 26).
  • The reader gets their first glimpse of Equality's curious and rebellious side when Equality finds an underground tunnel and decides to explore it, even though it may be forbidden by the Council. The reader can feel how alive Equality felt in the moment when he states, "But our hand... clung to the iron as if it would not leave it, as if the skin of our hand were thirsty and begging of the metal..." (Rand 33).
  • Even though it is forbidden by the Council for the opposite genders to associate, Equality has developed a strong liking for a girl named Liberty 5-3000. As Equality watches Liberty work in the fields, he shows his interest by stating, "We stood still; for the first time did we know fear, and then pain. And we stood still that we might not spill this pain more precious than pleasure" (Rand 39).
  • At the end of chapter two, Equality flashes back to a day when he was ten and witnessed a man being burned to death for speaking the Unspeakable Word. The reader can tell how the Saint challenged Equality's view and beliefs of the society when Equality states, "There was no pain in their eyes and no knowledge of the agony of their body... it seemed as if those eyes were begging us to gather that word and not let it go from us and from the earth" (Rand 51).
  • When Equality discovers the powers of electricity, a new concept for him, he is amazed. When Equality exclaims, "We came to know that we have found the greatest power on earth. For it defies all the laws known to men" (Rand 53), he shows how impressed he is with himself and how inspired he is to potentially discover more mind-blowing things.
  • After exchanging names for each other, Liberty and Equality have an intimate moment significant to their relationship. As Liberty allows Equality to drink from her hands, Equality lets the reader know that the action is more than just an act of kindness by thinking, "We do not know if we drank that water. We only knew suddenly that their hands were empty, but we were still holding our lips to their hands, and that they knew it, but did not move" (Rand 57).
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