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Transgressions and Sins of Anthem
Transcript of Transgressions and Sins of Anthem
Equality has personal preferences
Equality has friendships with International 4-8818, and Liberty 5-3000 (The Golden One).
"International 4-8818 and we are friends. This is an evil thing to say, for it is a transgression, the Great Transgression of Preference, to love any among men better than the others, since we must love all men and all men are our friends" (Rand, 30). This action is considered illegal, or wrong because citizens are not supposed to put one person over another. In the case between Equality and Liberty, it is wrong because, "for men are forbidden to take notice of women, and women are forbidden to take notice of men. But we think of one among women, they whose name is Liberty 5-3000, and we think of no others" (Rand, 38). Men are not to have relations with women unless they are in the House of Mating.
Equality has physical and mental differences
Equality has physical differences such as being taller than all of his brothers. "We are six feet tall, and this is a burden, for there are not many men who are six feet tall. Ever have the Teachers and the Leaders pointed to us and frowned and said: "There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers"" (Rand, 18). Equality also has mental differences such as being smarter than all of his brothers. He is disappointed when the Council assigns him the job of Street Sweeper, which is wrong because he is supposed to be happy with whatever job he is assigned to.
The Way out
Equality has a journal that he writes in regularly
Equality keeps a journal and writes down his thoughts. This action is considered to be wrong in Equality's society because, "it is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see" (Rand, 17). If you do not share what you think with your "brothers", than it is considered a sin. Equality shows in the novel that he has a mind of his own.
Equality conducts scientific discoveries
Equality conducts scientific experiments in the tunnel he has found with International 4-8818 in the Uncharted Forest. The Uncharted Forest, "...which men must not think" (Rand, 30) is off limits. "'Since the Council does not know of this hole, there can be no law permitting to enter. And everything which is not permitted by law is forbidden'" (Rand, 31). Equality enters the hole alone regardless of laws. Equality steals materials for scientific experiments such as candles, flints, knives, paper, glass vials, manuscripts, powders and acids. After stealing (which is a sin), Equality conducts scientific experiments every night which is illegal because he is not a Scholar.
Equality goes to jail, and then breaks out
Equality goes to jail because he introduced his light box that he invented to the Scholars. If you are not a Scholar, you are not allowed into the Scholar meetings. He is punished by being put in jail and whipped. He then breaks out of jail because there were no locks and a lack of guards. He then runs out into the Uncharted Forest. Needless to say, he is banished from the town.