The story reads, “It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see” (Rand 17). Men in Equality’s society are not allowed to have their own thoughts, instead their thoughts must be the same as everyone else that is in their community. The rules set in place stop people from thinking for themselves and fighting back against the government. If people began to think and realize that all the strict commands they were forced to follow where unnecessary they would revolt. The rules limit Equality from discovering new inventions and growing to be himself.
This is because that in this world, no man is alone and does everything alongside his brothers. Throughout the book Equality 7-2521 challenges the idea that everyone is and must be the same. Instead he acts on his own. In the book everyone is supposed to be equal alongside their brothers. That means that no one is more important, intelligent, and so on than their brothers and by being so it is an evil in the world.
Equality was also highly intelligent, smarter than his brothers, and he had potential to be an amazing member of the city, but he was never given the chance to be great. He was downgraded and placed as a street sweeper because he preferred to be a Scholar. Equality tried very hard to fit in a be like his brothers. It states, “We looked upon Union 5-3992, who were a pale boy with only half a brain, and we tried to say and do as they did, that we might be like them, like Union 5-3992, but somehow the Teachers knew that we were not.” (Rand 21). All the rules and controls that were placed over the city seemed great to everyone else but they restricted Equality.
Equality begins his life being considered evil by his each era and soon by himself. Learning is too easy and he wants to be challenged by becoming a Scholar, but his teachers forbid him from asking questions. He is assigned his Life Mandate as Street Sweeper for such preferences of occupation, and even there he seeks out camaraderie in International 4-8818. The life of a Street Sweeper is a home of rejects, and people who cannot conform to the reality of collectivism. Upon discovering love in the fields outside of the City, Equality feels pain for the first time, and distinguishes fear from happiness within his brother-men.
He was more knowledgeable when he was younger, more curious in his teenage years, and more futuristic in his twenties than his peers. First, Equality 7-2521 was superior in the way of knowledge, not to mention everything else, to his brothers in school. School work was effortless for him, while it was strenuous or just the right pace for everyone else. Citizens of this society are all taught that ¨It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them.¨ Frowned upon for simply being smarter, Equality tried to forget his lessons to seem average. Brainwashed, Equality believed his gift of intelligence to be a curse of selfishness, and additionally tried to give up what makes him special to fit into what society believes is correct.
Cole thought to himself, “Circle justice was a bunch of bull.” (6) Coles had a rough life and not getting consequences for his mistakes this is the reason why Cole is a bully and very mean. During the Circle Justice meeting Cole tells his dad, “you’re usually too drunk to know your own name.” (48) Cole's mom looks pretty and perfect like a barbie doll but is too scared and won't stand up for Cole. (9) Like everyone, Cole still has his
This is what outcasts him from the rest of his brothers mentally and physically. One important quality that Equality 7-2521 shows is curiosity throughout the novel. He shows curiosity by questioning his transgression leading to the actions he portrays. Rand states, “We are one in all and all in one.There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible
A creator stands alone way ahead of his time, against men; he who has never wanted to serve others whose only motive is his truth, his work done his way, his own achievement. Roark says the secret of their power was that it was self-sufficient, self-motivated, and self-generated. After all, how could he not praise selfishness if it’s the right principle to live by? And, how could he not denounce altruism if it’s a lie told to manipulate men in order to get power? “The egotist in the absolute sense is not the man who sacrifices others.
For instance, a woman could be paid less than a man because they are thought to be insubstantial. However, this is incorrect because the preamble says, “We the people”, and society should be thought of as a whole and should not be divided based on gender. In Anthony’s speech she says, “It is we the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we the male citizens; but we, the whole people, we formed the Union.” Anthony demonstrates how everyone is a person and the constitution clearly states that everyone should be equally treated, and people should not be discriminated based on gender or race. She explains how the citizens of the United States are supposed to be treated as a whole and are not supposed to be separated based on unnecessary factors. She uses logic and reasoning to get to the audience and tell them that constitution and preamble were written to help the country not divide it based on gender and race.
As time went on, Wynand worked several jobs which primarily ended with him being fired for some type of disobedience or challenge of authority, such as with one of his first jobs working as a paper boy, “‘I know it will work,’ says Wynand. ‘Well, you don’t run things around here,’ says the boss. ‘You’re a fool,’ said Wynand. He lost the job.” (402). He sees no reason to listen to other’s methods of doing things when he knows perfectly well that he is the most capable of composing efficient ideas for himself and those around him.