In the final chapter of Anthem, Prometheus, also known as Equality, writes that he now understands “why the best in me had my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins.”(pp 98) He now can come to terms with his height and his mind, how he has been blessed with these “sins” and through his journey can finally distinguish the faults and conservatism of his society.
Equality 7-2521: a label; a stamp; the only form of identification that is allowed in this society. A society where everyone is made equal and those who don’t fit in with the others are outcasts and sinners. Equality does not feel guilty about any of the “sins” or “transgressions” he has been told he is committing. He understands that society says he is wrong, but he knows that he is meant for more than they allow. Equality is looked down upon for being taller than his ‘brothers’ and has been told it is a sin to steal the height away from everyone else. He has committed transgressions of thought and preference but it does not bother him. He knows he is smart and that his brain is better than some of the others and so he has a dream to work in the Home of the Scholars. Of course though, Equality is already an unfavorable part of society according to teachers and council members and he is assigned the menial job of street sweeping. Although this was not how he would have wanted his future, Equality dutifully performed his job every day.
Equality’s journey through the book started when he found the secret tunnel. It is when he first started acting upon his thoughts. He wanted to be greater than he was permitted and, down in the tunnel, his own little world allowed him to be independent and to try new things and to just further think and ask questions. He was not given answers though and that was part of the joy; he had to work to find his answers. This is when he begins to reveal to himself that he can be greater and that who he is and who he wants to be...
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