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A young man lives in a place where the word "I" does not
have meaning. It is a society where there are no
individuals. It is, however, a place where you strive to
serve your brothers. Equality 7-2521 was taught from birth
that the individual is not important. He is in a crazed
society where the only form of government is collectivism.
Equality, at age 21, has absolutely no freedom. He is a
a strong, tall young man who stands about six feet. However,
in this society, anyone who is six feet tall was considered
to be evil. His dream of going to the House of Scholars
is lost and he is sent to the Hose of Street Sweepers
instead. Here the rules are very strict. He is not allowed
to laugh or sing for any reason. These are a couple of
hardships that Equality has to face so far in this mixed up
society. His troubles get greater and greater until finally
he does something about it.
All through his life, Equality thinks he is not capable
of accomplishing anything. Through time though, he discovers
that he is capable of doing many things by himself and more
importantly that he is an individual. When he is in the
tunnel, he discovers a light. This provides him with the
confidence that he is able to do things. Other experiences,
such as falling in love with Liberty and seeing his
reflection in the pond also help him to believe in himself as
a strong individual.
Equality later realizes that he has commited sins as he
was growing up. He thinks by showing his invention to the
House of Scholars that he would be forgiven for his
wrongdoings. He hopes to show his invention to society and
find a way into the House of the Scholars. He also wants to
prove that being tall does not make you an evil individual.
He feels that he has sinned because he was sent to the Palace
of Corrective Detention when he did not reveal where he has
been. He wishes to be forgiven for being sent there. Even
though entering the tunnel is against the law, he feels that
he is going to discover things that would improve the society
that he is living in.
Equality tries to get the House of Scholars to accept
him for the last time. He finds out when and where they are
going to meet and devises a plan. He decides to escape from
the Palace of Corrective Detention and go to where the
meeting is being held.
He arrives at the Council of Scholars and look at him in
astonishment. The members are afraid at first because they
do not know exactly what Equality is presenting to them.
After they realize what it is that Equality is showing them,
they are very insulted that a mere street sweeper was
belittling their intelligence as Council members.
Upon hearing that his idea is rejected, he leaps out the
window and runs to the Uncharted Forest where no man
survives. He finds out that Liberty has followed him into
the forest. They come together and find an abandoned house.
They enter it and see things that they have never seen
before. They find clothes, 2 beds in one room, and one thing
that shocked them the most, a mirror. After looking at the
mirror, he now knows for sure that he is an individual. He
now understands that the word "I" that he had learned
the manuscripts of the Unmentionable Times has meaning. He
knows that he lives for himself and not for others. He
realizes that he is his own self and he determines his own
fate. He then changes his name to Promethus which is a Greek
God who stole the light of the 600\'s and gave it to man.
Promethus had suffered just as Equality had, and Equality
admired him very much and chose his name to be his own.
Liberty also changed her name. Equality gave her the name
Gaea after the Greek Goddess who was the mother of earth and
all the God\'s. Gaea becomes pregnant and they both decide to
raise their child as an individual and to never let it
experience the hardships they had faced in the crazed society
Equality makes it his duty to rescue the other friends
he had left behind. He feels that they deserve the same
freedom that he is now experiencing. He plans to "save all
men and women whose spirit has not been killed within them
and suffer under the yoke of brothers." Equality wants to
bring his friends to
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Anthem, Egalitarianism, Social inequality, Equality, Liberty, Social equality, Collectivism
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