Sunday, November 2, 2014

Question Commander- Round 4- Mari Hopp

Anthem by Ayn Rand
Question Commender
Parts 7 & 8

1. Why does Equality 7-2521 insist in going to the World Council of Scholars when he knows that there may be really harsh consequences?

The reason I give for Equality 7-2521 to keep doing everything possible to get to the World Council of Scholars to show his new discovery is that he doesn't really understand the seriousness of the rules. He, Equality 7-2521, doesn't get the fact that it is crucial to follow the rules at the society he lives in. Because of this curse that lives inside him, he has the will to break the rules and go do what he desires to do. He should've known that he was at the wrong place the time that all the Scholar started talking at once, angry and frightened by him being there.

2. How did Equality 7-2521 feel when being shout at by the eldest Scholar, Collective 0-0009?

Equality 7-2521 didn't really say what he was feeling at that moment, but I don't think he was that upset. I had inferred for him to be much more frantic than he actually was. He itself said that he doesn't care about the punishment he was about to be given, and what the others have to say about his own, individual opinion. "'Our brothers! You are right. Let the will of the Council be done upon our body. We do not care...'"(Rand, Part 7). This shows me non other than the way he feels at that moment, as well as the confidence he has in himself that he will get through this and become a hero to the Scholars' minds.

3. What would it be like to go somewhere you have no idea what could happen, and what exists there? Compare that to where Equality 7-2521 is.

If I were to have to live somewhere I had no clue where it was, who lives there, and what could happen to me there, I would be totally freaked out and clueless to what's next. It would be horrifying to be so hung-up to know what would I do next, and if that could harm me in any way. On the other hand, Equality 7-2521 is quite happy to be there with no rules to hold him back from doing anything he wants to do. He is glad to be able to run, jump, laugh, and lay down on the leaves without anyone to take away the fun from him.


  1. Mari, I agree with all your statements. For the first one I agree that Equality 7-2521 doesn't understand the rules are very serious. And if you break them something bad could happen. I think he shouldn't have taken the risk to go in front of the Scholars and tell them everything he has done. Because everything he has done is definitely against the rules! For the second statement I agree that he didn't mention really how he was feeling, but I bet he was probably very angry. Maybe inside he felt that way, he just didn't mention it. For the last statement I agree with you because if I lived in a society like this I would freak out. I don't like being clueless, so I don't think I would ever want to live there.
    This book is very interesting. Do you think it's interesting.
    Nice post Mari.

  2. Mari,

    I agree with you in all except the second question. I do not think that Equality 7-2521 felt upset, as later on, he is shown as shouting at the Scholars, naming them 'three-damned fools', he believes that his invention will change mankind, as the Scholars do not agree. I do not think he felt completely upset, as more outraged, the Scholars believed that it was a transgression; working alone and away from his placement in society.

    I would feel pretty upset and terrified if I found myself in a dark forest. On the contrary though, Equality 7-2521 feels 'free', as he can hunt his own meal, as he finally see's himself in the river.

  3. Mari,

    Well done on the explanations, specially well chosen images. Now, I want to point out the first question that you answered in the post. I understood that you think that Equality 7-2521 doesn't have the right conciseness to tell him that the world he is living in has serious rules. However, I would like to argue another point. In my opinion, Equality 7-2521 does understand and knew the consequences in his meeting with the council, yet his discovery meant more to him than the rules itself. Therefore, he wanted to be known as someone who did something important and changed the world somehow. Additionally, this tells me that the way he was living before made him really unhappy and wanted to take a stand about it. Overall, your questions made a lot of sense to me; although, there is just that speck of confusion about the whole idea.