This image is made to represent the bleakness, monotonous, and vague life of Equality before of his escape and the discovery of 'I', which is why the book is composed of variants of gray. Illuminating Equality and the book, though, is the letter 'I', made so bright and contrasting in order to represent the impact that it has had on his life. The word 'I' is so important because the community Equality used to be a part of used to be all about 'we', rejecting everything that is made by individuals, making it an extremely inefficient and "grouped" society. The tears located slightly above the book were added to show the relief and happiness upon the discovery of individuality (or at least complete individuality, as Equality had thoughts of it beforehand), which are in the shape on tears from the tears he shed while reading the book (which took him to discover the 'forbidden word'.) The relief is mostly caused from him finally finding the word that was obscured from him for so long.