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Posted May 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM via web

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Which character traits of Equality are revealed in this brief description of the account of Liberty 5-3000 in Anthem?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 24, 2013 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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The passage at the beginning of chapter 2 demonstrates that Liberty 5-3000 is not like the others.

Equality 7-2521 considers Liberty 5-3000 “Golden One.”  He is in love with her, even though love is not allowed.  She works in the Home of the Peasants.

For men are forbidden to take notice of women, and women are forbidden to take notice of men. But we think of one among women, they whose name is Liberty 5-3000, and we think of no others. (ch 2, p. 38)

For Equality 7-2521 to fall in love is quiet an event.  To even think about another woman is breaking the rules of communal thinking (the reason Equality uses "we" instead of "I" to refer to himself.  Not allowing men and women to interact normally is another way of controlling them and maintaining the population in the way that they want it.  

Equality never seems to be able to do what society wants him to do.  He is not supposed to think of himself.  He is not supposed to think for himself.  He is expected to act for the good of everyone, and follow the rules that everyone has to folllow.

 

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