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The book Anthem is a book about a world full of mindless people They let the government control their every action from birth to death The weirdest thing is how they actually seem to enjoy that lack of control One young man named Equality 7-2521 however starts to feel theres something wrong with his life Unfortunately because of his life as a mindless drone he is virtually unable to express how he feels The small parts he does understand are crowded with phrases like for the good of all and we know we are wrong Then he meets Liberty 5-3000 Since men and women only meet once a year for the Time of Mating they never get married Equality becomes infatuated by her and secretly stares at her everyday from his job as a street sweeper He names her The Golden One and she names him The Unconquered One day she talks to him They both know this is forbidden and will get them into trouble so they devise a system of simple hand signals to say hello Meanwhile Equality is unhappy with the Life Mandate or job he was given Secretly he develops things like electric light that had been abolished since the Unspeakable Times One night he returns late and when he is asked where he went he doesnt answer He is thrown into the Palace of Corrective Detention Hes fiercely beaten but never tells of his secret haven He escapes from there because there are no locks in the cells since no one has ever thought of escape before He runs away to the woods and hides Later Liberty comes looking for him While there he reads some books found in an old house and has an epiphany
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