Allegory Of The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Throughout our first few weeks of class we’ve gone through the ideas of many different thinkers and philosophers. Upon further reflection, I would like to touch base more on the Plato’s themes from the Republic, Book X and The Allegory of The Cave in relation to the Lois Lowry’s The Giver. What I would like to be kept in mind while making our comparison, is my previous commentary on the Allegory of the Cave from prior class discussions on Plato, 'The Allegory of the Cave ' shows us to not just stare at the known 'shadows ' and be satisfied with it, but to look beyond it to find the truth and real understanding." And Plato’s ideas in regards to art as discussed in the Republic, Book X. To be more specific a quote from David H…show more content…
In Jonas’ community it is considered “High honor” to be a Receiver (One who holds memories). They advise the Committee of Elders in important decisions because with the memories comes knowledge and wisdom. (Lowry, ) Similarly discussed on Module 1 notes, how art is fine for “educational purposes” (Nyman, ) so is memory. The Receiver also serves the secondary purpose of holding the world’s memories which includes knowledge of pain, suffering, and all basic comprehension of qualities that make us human so the citizens may not burden themselves. This relates back to how art could “corrupt citizens and guardians alike” (Richter, ). Memory like art needs to be controlled for the sake of “Sameness” or “Order”.

This lack of wisdom is what forms the blissful, unaware existence that the citizens lead just as the prisoners in Plato’s Allegory of The Cave. They cave being created from lack of wisdom that comes with Memory. The citizens lack knowledge of the meaning behind deeper feelings, animals, color, death, and to certain degrees the concept of right or wrong. They only know what the community wants them to know and they fall in line with precision because that’s how it’s been done that way for generations or as the novel says, “Back and back and back” (Lowry, ). The people are so conditioned they are equivalent to the chained prisoners staring at the shadows on a wall. Chained by generations of ignorance brought upon to keep “Sameness” never

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