Chapter 1/ Anthem

Ayn Rand intended Equality to stand out from his “brothers”. Explain how she accomplished this by contrasting Equality’s physical qualities and character traits to those of his fellow men.

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Equality stands out from his brothers in every way, beginning with his above-average height of six feet to his intelligence and curiosity regarding the sciences. He does not enjoy his schooling because he is too intelligent for the subject matter, another reason he stands out from his classmates. He tries unsuccessfully to act like the slow-witted Union 5-3992 and is often punished for his differences. However, he believes in the Teachers because they have been appointed by the just and powerful Council, and he feels guilty because he wants a specific job after the end of his schooling, although he should accept the wisdom of the Council of Vocations.