Anthem Summary and Character Descriptions
Equality meets Liberty , a worker in the Home of the Peasants. Several days later, Equality and the Golden One speak for the first time. She tells him she does not want him to be her brother, and he tells her that he. Why does Equality decide to offer the World Council of Scholars the lightbulb? He wants to help Where does Equality meet the Golden One ?. Of whom does Equality consider himself a disciple? The transgressor of the Where does Equality meet the Golden One? In the field.
Equality is worried because he knows Liberty will soon be sent to the City Palace of Mating to have sex with a man chosen by the Council of Eugenics. And we thought that we would not let the Golden One be sent to the Palace. Equality gets is trouble at the Home of the Street Sweepers because he is happy and singing because he is in Love.
So we were reprimanded tonight, in the dining hall, for without knowing it we had begun to sing aloud some tune we had never heard. But it is not proper to sing without reason, save at the Social Meetings. Equality notices that everyone is supposed to be happy, but no one is truly happy.
Equality notes that everyone is afraid. It is forbidden, not to be happy. For, as it has been explained to us, men are free and the earth belongs to them; and all things on earth belong to all men; and the will of all men together is good for all; and so all men must be happy. The heads of our brothers are bowed. The eyes of our brothers are dull, and never do they look one another in the eyes.
The shoulders of our brothers are hunched, and their muscles are drawn, as if their bodies were shrinking and wished to shrink out of sight. And a word steals into our mind, as we look upon our brothers, and that word is fear. Equality begins to think about what life is like away from the City in the Uncharted Forest. We do not wish to think of it. But ever do our eyes return to that black patch upon the sky.
Men never enter the Uncharted Forest, for there is no power to explore it and no path to lead among its ancient trees which stand as guards of fearful secrets. It is whispered that once or twice in a hundred years, one among the men of the City escape alone and run to the Uncharted Forest, without call or reason. These men do not return.
Anthem (Rand)/Chapter 7
They perish from hunger and from the claws of the wild beasts which roam the Forest. Equality begins to think about what words have been lost from the Unmentionable Times. He knows there is one single word that men cannot hear or speak. And this is the Unspeakable Word, which no men may speak nor hear. But sometimes, and it is rare, sometimes, somewhere, one among men find that word. They find it upon scraps of old manuscripts or cut into the fragments of ancient stones.
But when they speak it they are put to death. There is no crime punished by death in this world, save this one crime of speaking the Unspeakable Word. Equality remembers an execution that he witnessed when he was about 10 years old. The man said the Unspeakable Word. Equality thinks the Transgressor was looking right at him and trying to tell him the Unspeakable Word. They had torn out the tongue of the Transgressor, so that they could speak no longer.
The Transgressor were young and tall.
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We spoke of it, and of our long quest, and of our tunnel, and of our escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention. Not a hand moved in that hall, as we spoke, nor an eye. Then we put the wires to the box, and they all bent forward and sat still, watching. And we stood still, our eyes upon the wire.
And slowly, slowly as a flush of blood, a red flame trembled in the wire. Then the wire glowed. But terror struck the men of the Council. They leapt to their feet, they ran from the table, and they stood pressed against the wall, huddled together, seeking the warmth of one another's bodies to give them courage. We looked upon them and we laughed and said: There is a great power in these wires, but this power is tamed.
We give it to you. Take it, and let us be one of you, the humblest among you. Let us all work together, and harness this power, and make it ease the toil of men. Let us throw away our candles and our torches. Let us flood our cities with light. Let us bring a new light to men! For their eyes were still, and small, and evil. They moved to the table and the others followed. How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers? And if the Councils had decreed that you should be a Street Sweeper, how dared you think that you could be of greater use to men than in sweeping the streets?
No such crime has ever been committed, and it is not for us to judge.
Nor for any small Council. We shall deliver this creature to the World Council itself and let their will be done. Let the will of the Council be done upon our body. We do not care.
Kita, Stacey / Anthem
What will you do with the light? The Candle is a great boon to mankind, as approved by all men. Therefore it cannot be destroyed by the whim of one. It took fifty years to secure the approval of all the Councils for the Candle, and to decide upon the number needed, and to re-fit the Plans so as to make candles instead of torches. This touched upon thousands and thousands of men working in scores of States. We cannot alter the Plans again so soon.
We seized our box, we shoved them aside, and we ran to the window. We turned and we looked at them for the last time, and a rage, such as it is not fit for humans to know, choked our voice in our throat. We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape.
And the road seemed not to be flat before us, but as if it were leaping up to meet us, and we waited for the earth to rise and strike us in the face. We knew not where we were going. We knew only that we must run, run to the end of the world, to the end of our days. Then we knew suddenly that we were lying on a soft earth and that we had stopped. Trees taller than we had ever seen before stood over us in great silence.
We were in the Uncharted Forest. We had not thought of coming here, but our legs had carried our wisdom, and our legs had brought us to the Uncharted Forest against our will.
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Our glass box lay beside us. We crawled to it, we fell upon it, our face in our arms, and we lay still. We lay thus for a long time. Then we rose, we took our box and walked on into the forest.
It mattered not where we went. We knew that men would not follow us, for they never enter the Uncharted Forest.