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Analysis On The Book The Giver

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People in today's society have their own opinions on how other people should conduct their own lives. In The Giver, Lowry portrays her ideal society of "sameness" through rules, rituals, customs and responsibilities. A society in which everyone is equal and are treated equally. Her ideology of sameness is different from those that we studied in class because she solely focused on the society as a whole, instead of focusing on the family, or letting behavioral psychologists be the rulers of a society. She came up with a society that depended on and focused on everyone in the community as a whole, instead of focusing on one part of a society.The society that Lowry created was a utopian society with no decisions. Every decision is made for every person within the community. Everything from when a child can start riding a bike to if someone were to want to get married, then they would have to put in a request to have the Committee of Elders find a suitable mate for them. In this example of a utopian society, they (Committee of Elders) have done away with decisions for the society in order to make life easier for them. For example they took out hills because they would slow trucks down, which would slow down the production of goods, so they did away with them. Not only did they introduce sameness to the society but also climate control played another big part in it. The people in this community knew nothing of snow or even extremely hot weather; they only knew what they saw day in and day out, the same thing.Among this society of sameness also came many rules. There were many different rules, rules that were directed to the children; kids can't ride bikes until they're nine, which was "the powerful emblem of moving gradually out into the community and away from the protective family"(Lowry, 41). Young girls were to wear ribbons in their hair until they were nine and at age seven all kids got their front-buttoned jacket. Kids who were four, five, and six wore jackets that fastened in the back so that they would "have to help each other and learn interdependence"(Lowry, 40). At the age of ten the girls would get their braids cut off and the boys would get their long childish hair cut off as well. Most important of all ages was the age of twelve, at the age of twelve they were given their "assignments" or their jobs that they would be doing till they reached the "House of the Old" to help the community survive.There were also rules that focused on everyone else in the community as a whole and individually. There were rules that had no purpose or explanation behind them like; pilots can't fly over the community. There were also other rules with reasons that were more obvious and made more sense. When someone in the community apologizes the other has to accept his/her apology, which makes people be polite to one another. If someone were to misuse the phrase "You're released" punishment by chastisement followed. There were only two occasions of release that...

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