Line Illuminator - Sophia Takahashi
Part 7 & 8
"We give you the power of the sky!" we cried. “We give you the key to the earth! 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!” (80 Rand)
I think this is an important line from Anthem because of the confidence Equality 7-2521 has in how he thinks the World of Scholars will accept his invention. At the beginning of the book, I thought that the World of Scholars would accept his invention, as on the contrary, they found it a transgression. Equality 7-2521 is able to escape as shown in Part 8, and begins to live his life in the forest. This creation could have changed Anthem's society, instead the Scholars decide to ban the creation and stick to candles and torches.
“You fools!” we cried. “You fools! You three-damned fools!” (83 Rand)
Equality 7-2521 stands up against the scholars. I find that he has great confidence, but in a way over estimates himself. He decides to break all laws created and decides to go rummaging through the dark forest. He breaks all laws just to keep his belief. He decides to go against all his brothers and sisters. By doing this, he is in complete isolation, no help, obligated to rummage for supplies himself. He decides to call the high-class scholars 'three-damned fools' disgracing them completely. The bond between the society and Equality 7-2521 is broken.