The Giver Essay

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In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, the receivers are the only people who have feelings and memories. The elders are the people who choose what the best is for their people in the community and sometimes they go to the receiver for help on making the right decisions. The people from the community do not see color, or have freedom on making a decision for them. There is no love, feelings, and grandparents. Jonas is assigned to be the next receiver of the community; He was trained by the giver, who transfers memories of the pain and pleasures of life, who also shows him the truth and reality that is hidden to the community. Jonas’s community does not represent the ideal of society because there are no choices or distinctions between men and women. This people from the community are assigned to a role in the community, where they do it until they are old and sent to the House of the old and wait for their release.
There is one positive thing about Jonas’s community. The community is the people from the community are given the basics need for their survival. “He watched while Mother tidied the remains of the morning meal and places the tray by the front door for the collection crew” (36-37). This statement had given us the idea that the whole community is being feed. The elder of the community, gives each family unit the same things so they all could have equal conditions, and evict social classes in the community.
In Jonas's community, there is no distinctions between man and women since they are born they are given numbers, and until they are assign to their parents they are given a name. Jonas was taught to ignore the differences between people. Even was not one of the rules by the elders and considered by the people in the community rude; to point out the differences between people. As the story progresses and Jonas’s grow as a person and receives the memories from the Giver. He realized that differences are good things, something to have to be celebrated and use of, not ignored completely. "No one mentioned such things; it was not a rule, but was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals" (20). In the book also recall identical twins, in this case the community cannot have two identical persons in the community. “I’m the next on the list. I’ll have to select the one to be nurtured and the one to be released. It’s usually not hard though. Usually it’s just a matter of birth weight. We release the smaller of the two” (114). This quote is from Jonas’s Father. He is telling the family unit about the decision that he has to make about the identical twins that are going to be born. “It’s usually not hard though” Jonas’s father said this, gives us the sense of brutality and heartless feeling about Jonas’s community, and if this is what Jonas’s father does for a living, just imagined what...

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