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Timeline of Events

  • Years before

    Equality 7-2521 witnesses the Saint of the Pyre being put to death.

    Chapter 2
  • Recent past

    Equality 7-2521 finds a hidden tunnel and begins writing his journal.

    Chapter 1
  • Two years later

    Equality 7-2521 meets and talks to Liberty 5-3000.

    Chapter 2
  • Days later

    Equality 7-2521 tells Liberty 5-3000 his name for her, and she tells him her name for him.

    Chapter 4
  • Some time later

    Equality 7-2521 deems his invention ready to be presented to the council.

    Chapter 5
  • That same night

    Equality 7-2521 is caught after hours and sent to prison.

    Chapter 6
  • A month later

    Equality 7-2521 escapes his cell and returns to his secret place.

    Chapter 6
  • The next day

    Equality 7-2521 presents his invention to the council, which rejects it.

    Chapter 7
  • Seconds later

    Equality 7-2521 grabs his invention and escapes with it into the forest.

    Chapter 7
  • The next day

    Equality 7-2521 sees his reflection for the first time in a stream.

    Chapter 8
  • The next day

    Liberty 5-3000 finds Equality 7-2521 and pledges herself to him.

    Chapter 9
  • Many days later

    The couple finds a house from the Unmentionable Times and claims it.

    Chapter 10
  • The next day

    Equality 7-2521 learns the word "I" and creates an anthem for it.

    Chapter 11
  • Later that day

    Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 choose new names.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Author's Foreword Rand begins the 1946 American edition of Anthem by explaining the changes she made from the previously published British... Read More
Chapter 1 Equality 7-2521 lives in a future where man is not allowed to be alone. He writes a forbidden journal in his hiding plac... Read More
Chapter 2 Equality 7-2521 has taken notice of a woman called Liberty 5-3000. She is a worker of the soil, and Equality 7-2521 sees... Read More
Chapter 3 Equality 7-2521 has discovered "a new power of nature." He has figured out that metal "draws the power of the sky" and "... Read More
Chapter 4 Days later Equality 7-2521 is able to meet up with Liberty 5-3000 again. He tells her he calls her "the Golden One" in h... Read More
Chapter 5 Equality 7-2521 has built a box with wires that lights up. He blows out the candle, and all he can see in the darkness i... Read More
Chapter 6 After 30 days of questioning, Equality 7-2521 has escaped his captors and returned to his hiding place to continue writi... Read More
Chapter 7 Equality 7-2521 is now an exile in the Uncharted Forest. He writes of his experience in the morning with the World Counc... Read More
Chapter 8 Equality 7-2521 experiences his first day in the Uncharted Forest. He realizes he now has the freedom to do whatever he ... Read More
Chapter 9 On his second day in the forest, Equality 7-2521 hears steps behind him. It is Liberty 5-3000, who has come into the for... Read More
Chapter 10 Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 have found an abandoned house, appearing as a "white flame among the trees," from the... Read More
Chapter 11 Equality 7-2521 has found the word "I." And in this word he has come to "the end of the quest." He stands on the summit ... Read More
Chapter 12 When Equality 7-2521 reads the word "I" and understands its meaning, he weeps for the first time in his life. He underst... Read More
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