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Sameness, The End Of The Human Race

1358 words - 6 pages

In the modern world, most people take everything for granted: love, beautiful sceneries, and infinite knowledge of everything. They complain about minor details in life. Men worry about their cars and women worry about getting their dresses dirty. Now imagine a community in which there are no cars and no colorful dresses. Not realizing that a possibility of Sameness exists they do not appreciate the diversity. Imagine a community with Sameness and no diversity. Imagine how restricted the citizens might be, how colorless their lives might be, and with no love. This is what Jonas’s community is like in Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In his community all the residents are stuck with Sameness running ...view middle of the document...

“‘What do you mean?’ Jonas asked. Amusement was not at all what he had anticipated” (127). It is never the case in which a child asks his parents if they love him and in return they lecture him about proper speech. This is the outcome of a community without love. However, there is one and only one good outcome of a community without love. In modern day a couple thinks they love each other, marry, and then divorce after a few weeks or even days. Because the perfect spouses are chosen in Jonas’s community, divorce is impossible. This is one of the very, very few good things about Jonas’s community other than those, everything else is plain and boring they do not even have colors, nor sceneries and let alone pictures, it is absolutely hueless.
Everything in Jonas’s community is bland and colorless to look at. There are no colorful, natural sceneries like ours. Now that Jonas the capabilities to see beyond, he gets glimpses of beautiful color and then the scene changes to normal and he has face the fact that it is actually quite beautiful but cannot be. Jonas describes a recollection of a scene to the Giver. “The bright orange of pumpkins being trucked in from the agricultural fields beyond the community boundary—seen in an instant, the flash of brilliant color, but gone again, returning to their flat and hueless shade” (97). He describes to us times when he looks at something beautiful but it does not stay and turns to a colorless scene. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is well known amongst the world and in contrast, a picture from Jonas’s community is more accurately described as “a picture is worth 300 words.” If someone were to describe a picture, every possible detail would contain color; this would make the task impossible. Comparing and contrasting Jonas’s community and our community is very easy, it would be like comparing an old, bland, black and white picture to a more modern, vibrant, colored picture. Because of these reasons, it would be impossible to find a single beautiful scenery and have it stay just as Jonas said. Not having color or beautiful sceneries is all because of Sameness and this is a perfect example of how Sameness has affected the community; the Sameness has also taken away knowledge.
Sameness has cost the citizens of the community knowledge and now they know nothing. Jonas and the Giver are having a discussion in his training and Jonas brings up the fact that his instructors of science and technology know everything about everything. He says they teach the students about the brain and how impulses are triggered and transmitted. “‘They know nothing.’ The Giver said bitterly…Everyone is well trained for his job…‘It’s just that…without memories it’s all meaningless’” (105). This baffles Jonas because he has...

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