The sins/ wrongs that Equality 7-2521 accuses himself of are •
Sin to write
Sin to think words no others think and to put them down on paper no others are to see •
We have committed a greater crime, and for this crime there is no name •
We are alone here under the earth. The laws say that non among men may be alone, ever and at any time. •
We were born with a curse. It has always driven us to thoughts which are forbidden. 2.
Equality 7-2521 is happy when he hears his life mandate because he (they) knew that he was guilty, and felt as a street sweeper he would have a way to erase his sins. 3.
The Council of Vocations assigns Equality 7-2521 the job of a street sweeper due to his incompetence. I say this because Equality 7-2521 is different from everyone else, so I can tell that the council, and everyone else don’t like different. 4.
This novel takes place in the future. I know this because Equality refers to “the men before us”, and “the unmentionable times”. When he is underground in the tunnel. 5.
If I had Equality’s curse my teachers would most likely react to this “curse” by giving me more challenging work to complete. Equality on the other hand isn’t so lucky because his “curse” is of high disapproval because they believe that no one should learn faster that his “brothers” and if one of them is “dumb” all of them need to be “dumb” along with his brothers, and Vice- Versa. 6.
Equality doesn’t except the moral teachings of society. In fact he does man things to go against it. He even admits in the novel that he really doesn’t care. “and yet there is no shame in us and no regret. We say to ourselves that we are a wretch and a traitor. But we feel no burden upon our spirit and no fear in our heart. And it seems to us that our spirit is clear as a lake troubled by no eyes save those of the sun. And in our heart there is the peace we have known in twenty years.” This is an excerpt from the end of chapter one that shows although Equality knows...
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