By: Ayn Rand
"So we fought against the curse. We tried to forget our lessons, but we always remembered. We tried to understand what the teachers taught, but we always understood it before the teachers had spoken. We looked upon union 5-3992, who were a pale boy with only half a brain, and we tried to say and do as they did, that we might be like them, like union 5-3992, but somehow the teachers new that we were not. And we were lashed more often than all the other children." (Part One)
This quote showed me that the society doesn't value individuals and knowledge. People who are smart, such has Equality 7-2521 they get punished and treated differently. Compared to our society we are the complete opposite, since we value smart people, we look up to them, and they are our role models. In the book there isn't one person, there is everyone being the same. They are all treated the same, causing to make the Equality's have the same thoughts, feelings/emotions, and do the same thing every day. Meaning no one is unique or does something extraordinary, created them to be themselves. Moving on, you can see that this city is very strict about being the same. An example is if you want to write (or want something), you have to ask permission to the Council of Vocation. Everyone has their jobs that were given by the Council of Vocation. They are the leaders, they decided everything what happens and what you do in the community. But, Equality 7-2521 doesn't want to be like everyone else, they brake the laws. However, people think Equality 7-2521 does this because they are 6 feet tall, meaning the sign of evil, causing them with forbidden thoughts.
"Dare not choose in your minds the work you would like to do when you leave the Home of Students. You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you." (Part One)
This quote refers back to what I was talking before. People aren't allowed to make up their own minds. Not allowed to make or think about things they want to do. Not even allowed to have a family or fall in love. People can't say I, but we. People aren't existing for themselves. In fact this shows that these citizens live off from other citizens that are superior. Never being taught to live on their own. Furthermore, in the book, the narrator tells us the phrase everyone says in their sleeping bags. "We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." They are forced to say this, and it describe exactly that they live for someone else.
For example in the book: The Giver, they have the same idea - the council’s picks/assigns people's job. In Divergent the council gives a test to help them choose, but they are allowed to pick what faction their hearts picks. I agree with Divergent. By letting people pick their faction make them be who they are. The community should let people find their passions, themselves and let them be unique. I think it's the human nature to be different and in this world difference is a sin.