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FC: ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

1: Anthem is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in where people have lost all knowledge of individualism. Everyone lives and works in groups, with daily life dictatd by the Council of Vocations, and the Council of Scholars. When he is assigned to cleaning the streets, Equality 7-2521 rebels against collectivism by conducting a secret scientifi\c research, which eventually leads him to recreate electric light. When he presents his discovery to the Council of Scholars, they condemn him for daring to act as an individual and threaten to destroy his creation. He flees into the Uncharted Forest. He is joined there by his love, a girl called Liberty 5-3000. They come across an ancient house from the Unmentionable Times. There they rediscover the lost language of the self. They rename themselves Prometheus and Gaea (after the ancient Greek myths), and they promise to use his new knowledge to build a society based on individual freedom.

2: Ayn Rand Born and raised in Russia, and later moved to the US in 1926

3: Rand advocates reasons as the only means of "aquiring knowlegde" and rejected all form of faith and religion.

7: Equality 7-2521 The hero of the story. He is a young man of 21, and the book is written as if it was his diary. He has been assigned to work as a Street Sweeper, but longs to be a Scholar instead. He re-discovers electric light, flees the society and hopes to establish a new one based on freedom and respect for the individual. At the end of the story he renames himself Prometheus.

8: LIBERTY 5-3000 | A seventeen-year-old woman that Equality 7-2521 meets while working as a Street Sweeper. They fall in love, and she follows him into the Uncharted Forest when he flees. At the end of the novel he renames her Gaea.

9: This character appears only in the memories of Equality 7-2521, and his given name is not known. Equality witnessed him being burned at a stake. His crime was discovering the Unspeakable Word, which Equality also discovers at the end of the story. This character is also referred to as the "Transgressor" | THE SAINT OF PYRE

13: -The World Council of Scholars -The Council of Vocations -The Council of the Home -The Judges -The World Council

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