Anthem by Ayn Rand

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The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand tells the story about one character in the story named Equality 7-2521, an individual living in a collective society of human individuality. In a place where there is no science, love, and everyone is equal in one person.

Equality 7-2521 began his life in a Home of Infants and was educated in the Home of Students; he was excellent in his schoolwork but he was punished for his achievements because he can't choose his own profession, so the council assigned him to profession of Street sweeper. Equality accepted this as his punishment for desiring one profession.

Equality worked as a street sweeper while he was working on his first day he found an underground tunnel. He spent a lot of time in that tunnel studying stolen manuscripts and learning about individualistic society that had disappeared. Then Equality 7-2521 discovers the electricity and becomes a revolutionary concept in his and the council of scholar's minds, when Equality 7-2521 took his discovery to the World Council of Scholars, the councils rejected them because he is not allow to do anything else as cleaning the streets.

So Equality 7-2521 ran away into the Uncharted Forest where he found Liberty 5-3000, together they found a house in the forest and established there, then Equality 7-2521 found books in the house and by reading books he rediscovers a great lost word "I". Equality 7-2521 had violated the rule of his culture and fell in love with Liberty 5-3000. Equality 7-2521 had learned about the ideas, values and feelings of a person and found the importance on a human individuality. Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 took the names Prometheus and Gaea. They found a home and Prometheus vowed that he would keep it just for them and not to share...