What trouble has Equality 7-2521 caused by being smart in Anthem?



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The main problems he has for being smart stem from his curiosity, his desire to use his intelligence to find things out. He discovers electricity, for example, and the light bulb, but when he bring his discoveries to the World Council of Scholars, he is in trouble for showing his individualism. This is the ongoing problem with Equality 7-2521: his curiosity encourages him to inquire, and that makes him different, unique, an individual in a world in which individuality must be submerged into the collective. He wants to use his intelligence to be a scholar; for this personal ambition, he is made a janitor.

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