Choices In The NovelThe Giver, By Lois Lowry

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Sofia Amna Azmat
Ms. Creel
Period 2
24 October 2016
Giver Essay In the novel, The Giver, the author Lois Lowry presents a community where choices are limited to what the community leaders allow. The author believes that control over choices can secure one’s safety and allow the individual to be content with their situation. Some individuals will revolt against the community in an attempt to gain something better. Lois Lowry presents the main character, Jonas, who disobeys community rules and makes his own decisions. “I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic or a red one” (97). The community members are not able to choose color ever since the community decided to go to Sameness, where all community members are the …show more content…

The community leaders believe that they are the only ones who should be in control and the people don't get to choose for themselves. “It’s no use. They’ll find someone to take my place. They’ll choose a new Receiver [person who receives memories from the previous world]” (156). The Giver could not leave because the consequences of leaving would be so great; the community members would not know how to cope with all the new memories and without the Giver, they would have no one to guide them. The Giver isn’t given much power in the community however, occasionally, the Elders will ask for his advice since he holds more wisdom from the memories he has, but his choices are limited by community Elders as well. The Elders make all the important decisions in a community members. “We [The Elders] have given you [Asher] the assignment of Assistant Director of Recreation” (56). The community Elders do not give a choice when it comes to picking a job because they believe they know what is best for each individual. The Elders don’t want to give community members the opportunity to choose wrong; possibly because they feel like the members will feel emotions that they do not allow, disrupting the Sameness within the community. “As a result of Father’s plea, Gabriel had been labeled Uncertain and given an additional year” (42). Even as a Nurturer, Father does not make the decision to keep Gabriel alive; the Elders do. They choose whether or not

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