How does the protagonist change from the beginning to the end of the novel? What does this character learn about himself (or herself) and about how the world works?
During the course of the novel, Equality, the protagonist undergoes a series of changes that narrow down to one specific main idea. He realises the power of each individual and the concept of individuality.
In the beginning he Equality 7-2521 was more like everyone, thinking about everyone, and believing the power of the group. But after he discovers something called light, he starts to believe in the power of an individual. He realises there are some parts that only some know and only some should know which is also the concept of individual secrets. For his entire life, he has been told one thing, had his entire story being planned out before him. "For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not the faces of our brothers, for we felt not pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong" (Ayn Rand, part 8) In this line, it is clearly visible the change in his thoughts. If this were to be evaluated in the first chapters of the novel, it would have been pitiful, wrong and impossible for him to see his own beauty, to accept himself or even get rid of himself from the group. Now, he is able to realize his true identity. He believes in his own potential and what life truly is about. Now, Equality was able to see that men are able to discover and shape their own destinies. He has finally made a decision based on his own interests rather than the group's. By fleeing, he is able to take control of his actions and what he chooses to do.