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 need 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.
This here is a very good comparison to the cold war. It symbolizes how every country had to just follow orders from the bigger more powerful countries. The countries in this book are represented by the people.
Equality, at age 21, has absolutely no freedom. He is 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 can not happen and he is sent to the House 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.
Equality symbolizes the people who are meant to be leaders. The people who go and stand up for what they believe in. In other words, the countries during the cold war that didn't follow orders by the much stronger countries and wanted reasons and explanations why they were being told to do such things.
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...