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What was the Saint of the Pyre trying to communicate to Equality in Anthem?

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bears30 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2009 at 7:19 AM via web

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What was the Saint of the Pyre trying to communicate to Equality in Anthem?

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:12 AM (Answer #1)

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In a world where individuality is nonexistent, all are expected to think and behave the same; even the words to denote individuality or references to the first person are nonexistent. Even to discover or utter the word "I" is punishable by death; it is only referred to in the work as the "Unspeakable Word."  Equality relates his experience when he was 10 and watched The Saint of the Pyre burned at the stake for some crime; he deduces that the Saint was attempting to communicate the concept of individuality, expressed in the word "I" to him.

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iamkaori | Student, Grade 9 | TA | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 23, 2015 at 3:40 AM (Answer #2)

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The Saint of Pyre was being punished for speaking the 'Unspeakable Word' which no one knew. While burning, it is most probable that the Saint of Pyre was looking at Equality, a child (children symbolise hope and future) to try to convey the message, of not just the Unspeakable Word, but of the idea of individualism. 

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