When Equality 7-2521 was ten years old, he watched the Transgressor being burned at the stake for speaking the Unspeakable Word: the anti-collectivist word “I.” Equality 7-2521 remembers this man’s saintly courage and composure, and recognizes him as a hero once he, too, discovers the power of the word “I.”
The timeline below shows where the character The Transgressor of the Unspeakable Word appears in Anthem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to speak the Unspeakable Word. Equality 7-2521 is haunted by the memory of witnessing one speaker of the Unspeakable Word being burned alive in the City’s public square. This Transgressor, despite having his tongue ripped... (full context)