How does Equality 7-2521 stand out from his brothers?

From the first chapter of the novella, Rand emphasizes that Equality 7-2521 has distinct physical and psychological characteristics that set him apart from the other men in the city. He is abnormally tall, a trait which visibly sets him apart, and he has an unbreakable tendency to think about his individual goals and desires. Both of these qualities act as a “curse” given that his culture demands sameness among all citizens, but these early indicators of difference ultimately signify Equality 7-2521’s destiny of breaking free from the constraints of collectivism and forging a new, personally-fulfilling life.

What does the tunnel represent?

The secret tunnel, which is one of the few remnants of the Unmentionable Times, serves as a symbol of the individualism that has become buried in the new era of collectivist practices. Dark and untouched, this space allows Equality 7-2521 to begin his journey of self-discovery by sheltering him from the pressures of his community. Continuing to work in the tunnel leads to both a literal and metaphorical spark of light, and this illumination symbolizes the return of the individual after years of hiding in the darkness.

Why does the World Council of Scholars reject Equality 7-2521’s invention?

After overcoming their complete shock at Equality 7-2521’s unprecedented entrance and presentation at their meeting, the members of the World Council of Scholars quickly denounce him and his lightbulb. They first attack the fact that Equality 7-2521 admitted to a crime by emphasizing his individuality, and they go on to argue that his invention must be abandoned because not all men believe in its power. The members of the World Council of Scholars are so committed to maintaining collectivist policies that they refuse to acknowledge the significant benefits of Equality 7-2521’s discovery.