- So far, what has been the most outstanding theme in this book?
For me, the most outstanding theme in this book, has been "equality". Everyone in this book has been and will probably forever be equal and they are all okay with that. Another question I had, which is involved with this topic was: How can they live, knowing that they are just the same copy of hundreds and thousands of other people, just like them. And as if this is not the worse part, when people are a little different from what they call, "normal", they are considered a sin, and are seen as the-cursed-ones or the non-equal-to-their-brothers. To be different, in this community, is basically a flaw. A mutation in a human being. Even something that you can't have control over in your body, like your height or your appearance, if it's different than the "normal", it's a curse, it's wrong, it's different.
- Why can't one sing whenever they wish, set aside in the Social Meetings?I believe that these people are not allowed to show inside emotions because then, it could be a sign or difference. All they want in indifference, so if someones starts expressing themselves in a happy manner, while the other wants to mourn for the loss of someone, then that would show a dis-equality because while one is super happy and fortunate, the other is feeling down and unfortunate, which is completely, "unfair". So in the moment that Equality felt like singing his joy out, if he did so, he knew he would be committing another transgression. Ignoring that fact, he did so, which was very brave of his part. Just one thing I still have doubts on, is that, what do they have the Social Meetings for, if they could just do what they felt like, everyday? Do they just want people to express their feelings once in a while? Do they want their people to never express their feelings only when it's dangerously needed? Do they want their people to hold back their feelings so that everyone is equal outside, but completely different on the inside? I am not sure of which of these to chose between, but I am certainly sure, the final answer involves a bit of all of them combined together.
- Why does Liberty call Equality "The Unconquered" in her thoughts?I believe, that Liberty calls Equality "Unconquered" because, he is not conquered by the beliefs of this society. In other words, he has a mind of his own, and does not accept to be pushed around by what other people think in right for him, for them, for everyone. This name fits perfectly Equality because it shows that he's not just a slave to the society like all his other "brothers" that are all the same, that are indifferent. He dares to have his own opinions and is not afraid of doing so. He is free to his thoughts and has probably the courage to spit them out when he has the chance to. He in not conquered by anyone and Liberty could not have chosen a better name to give to him, in my opinion.
(He is an outstanding person. Free, independent, and different.)