Anthem and I

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In Anthem, the term I is not present resulting in people losing their individuality. Instead, it is replaced by the term We. As a reader, the term I is rarely used, only when Prometheus is with Gaea. For example, when referring to actions such as "We, Equality 7-2521…" they are replacing I with We. It clearly should be "I, Equality 7-2521. Their society is just a big "collective" working for a common goal, which is the abolishing individualism. Someone who is individual cannot survive in this world because it is almost like a sin to set anyone apart from the collective as an individual. If it were to be a sin to be an individual in this collective, then it would be impossible to live without sinning, for myself at least. Everyday in our school we are all individuals no matter how much we try to all be similar.

While some people may have the same shoes or hairstyle, we all have different personalities. We all have different hobbies and ambitions. Someone who may be interested in Biology may decide to become a doctor in the future, while someone who is exceptionally talented in a sport such as basketball, may someday wish to be a member of the Lakers, or a NBA team similar. However, Equality 7-2521 lives in a world in which he is a mold, forced to become something that he may not like. In our world, we can choose what we want to be and what we want to do with our lives. Equality 7-2521 however is forced to become a Street Sweeper. At forty years old a person who is a member of this community would retire and spend the rest of your days with his friends, receiving everything requested provided for you. Even so, Equality 7-2521 must still live the life as a street-sweeper for quite some time. This may not be the career that he is most interested in, but he still must live a life as a street-sweeper. In fact, "Prometheus" cannot express anything that relates to individualism, without being frowned upon or getting into serious trouble. Even a teacher once said "There is evil in Equality 7-2521's bones, as his body has grown beyond the bodies of his brothers." I find this disturbing how a teacher would notice the growth pattern of one person, and comment how he is not following the proper growing pattern in his collective. Even though there is nothing that teacher could do about the change of their bones.