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Anthem 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 Their religion is one of few forces holding this disarranged society from spinning out of control We are nothing Mankind is all 21 Equality at age 21 has absolutely no freedom There are three steps to a persons education when entering the society as defined by the book Anthem When a child is born they are placed in the House of Infants until they are five years old There they stay with other children born the same year After the House of Infants they are sent to the House of Students They stay in the House of Students until they are fifteen years of age when they enter the work force Members of a board decide the final step of a persons education Their hair was white and their faces were cracked as the clay of a dry river bed 26 Each profession has a housing center and trains the citizens to the specific profession also known as a house In this section his dream of going to the House of Scholars is lost 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 Entertainment was a part of daily life for all citizens within this society Every day they would sing three hymns and watch a play after that Among the three hymns were The Hymn of Brotherhood and the Hymn of equality and the Hymn of the Collective Spirit 27 These were the only two forms of entertainment the workers
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