Analysis Of 'The Giver' By Lois Lowry

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In The Giver by Lois Lowry, the story is set in a Dystopian society where every choice is already made for the people. For example, they do not choose what clothes they wear, they do not choose who they marry, and they do not choose what job they work at. All of these choices are made by the Committee of Elders, who are old and wise people who lead the community. At one point in the story during Jonas’s training, Jonas thinks about a world where people make their own choices. “ ‘But now that I can see colors, at least sometimes, I was just thinking: what if we could hold up things that were bright red, or bright yellow, and we could choose? Instead of the Sameness.’ ‘He might make wrong choices.’ ‘Oh.’ Jonas was silent for a minute. ‘Oh, I see what you mean. It wouldn’t matter for a newchild’s toy. But later it does matter, doesn’t it? We don’t dare to let people make choices of their own.’ ‘Not safe?’ The Giver suggested. ‘Definitely not safe,’ Jonas said with certainty.” In this scene, Jonas is coming to the conclusion that a world where people make their own choices would be very dangerous, and it is very good that they do not make their own choices. However, there are both sides to the argument of whether it should be this way. A society where people choose things on their own would be more dangerous because people can make the wrong choices. For example, someone might choose the wrong spouse. The couple would be very unhappy after a while, and they would eventually
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