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 strive 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. Equality, at age 21, has absolutely
no freedom. He is a 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 is lost and he is sent to the Hose 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. 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 the tunnel,
he discovers a light. This provides him with the confidence that
he is able to do things. Other experiences, such as falling in
love with Liberty and seeing his reflection in the pond also help
him to believe in himself as a strong individual. Equality later
realizes that he has commited sins as he was growing up. He
thinks by showing his invention to the House of Scholars that he
would be forgiven for his wrongdoings. He hopes to show his
invention to society and find a way into the House of the
Scholars. He also wants to prove that being tall does not make
you an evil individual. He feels that he has sinned because he
was sent to the Palace of Corrective Detention when he did not
reveal where he has been. He wishes to be forgiven for being sent
there. Even though entering the tunnel is against the law, he
feels that he is going to discover things that would improve the
society that he is living in. Equality tries to get the House of
Scholars to accept him for the last time. He finds out when and
where they are going to meet and devises a plan. He decides to
escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention and go to where
the meeting is being held. He arrives at the Council of Scholars
and look at him in astonishment. The members are afraid at first
because they do not know exactly what Equality is presenting to
them. After they realize what it is that Equality is showing
them, they are very insulted that a mere street sweeper was
belittling their intelligence as Council members. Upon hearing
that his idea is rejected, he leaps out the window and runs to
the Uncharted Forest where no man survives. He finds out that
Liberty has followed him into the forest. They come together and
find an abandoned house. They enter it and see things that they
have never seen before. They find clothes, 2 beds in one room,
and one thing that shocked them the most, a mirror. After looking
at the mirror, he now knows for sure that he is an individual. He
now understands that the word "I" that he had learned from the
manuscripts of the Unmentionable Times has meaning. He knows that
he lives for himself and not for others. He realizes that he is
his own self and he determines his own fate. He then changes his
name to Promethus which is a Greek God who stole the light of the
600's and gave it to man. Promethus had suffered just as Equality
had, and Equality admired him very much and chose his name to be
his own. Liberty also changed her name. Equality gave her the
name Gaea after the Greek Goddess who was the mother of earth and
all the God's. Gaea becomes pregnant and they both decide to
raise their child as an individual and to never let it experience
the hardships they had faced in the crazed society of
Collectivism. Equality makes it his duty to rescue the other
friends he had left behind. He feels that they deserve the same
freedom that he is now experiencing. He plans to "save all men
and women whose spirit has not been killed within them and suffer
under the yoke of brothers."