A Conformist Community On The Giver

1855 words - 7 pages

Dream of a world that has only one culture. Since there is only one culture, nothing is different. This would be a splendid way to live life. There would be no issues between people of different cultures. Everyone has their own point of view for things, so it is natural that one race’s views might clash with another’s. All cultures have their own special rituals that might interrupt or annoy people of another culture. For example, an Indian person might wake up early in the morning and play loud spiritual music to pray to his or her gods. This would bother the neighbors of different races that might wake up late. After looking closely at groups of people in many places, people will notice that everyone in that group is of the same race. Since everyone shares the same point of view or culture, they tend to get along comfortably with each other. Why have so many cultures when people only want to get along with people of the same culture? Relinquishing cultures and individuality is worth having limited issues. After exploring the idea of Sameness in The Giver, Lois Lowry shows that even though there are problems with living in such a unique community, it ultimately benefits because there are fewer problems and awful feelings.
Even though the community does benefit from Sameness, there are some things it is deprived of. While color is not absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of a society, it is still something important that this community lacks. “The red was so beautiful” (Lowry 95). This quote shows that once Jonas is exposed to color, he realizes how beautiful and important they are. Whenever he sees rare flashes of red, he gets excited and likes it. After being able to experience color, he looks at things from a new perspective. Another thing the community lacks is the option for an individual to make choices and learn from their mistakes. “I want to wake up in the morning and decide things” (Lowry 97). Jonas is upset that he cannot choose anything. He wants some personal freedom to make decisions for himself. If Sameness was implemented, he would be allowed to make his own choices and be happier. However, if people were given the freedom to make choices, they could make serious mistakes. The last thing the community is missing is the idea of gaining pleasure and knowledge from experiencing memories of the past. “It’s just that . . . without the memories it’s all meaningless” (Lowry 105). The community is missing out on some knowledge from memories. The Giver believes that memories are a source of real intelligence. In fact, these memories are used to make important decisions in the future. For example, they were going to raise the number of births, but the Giver advised them not to because of a memory of starvation. Without Sameness, there would be no Receiver of Memory and nobody would be burdened with all of the memories. While the community does not have everything, Sameness still creates a healthy...

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