Equality In The Giver

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In The Giver, Fahrenheit 451 and in our society, the lack of difference, rules against thinking and books, and having a democracy are different methods and techniques are used to keep people equal. In The Giver the government keeps people equal by making them look similar. All of the people in the society except for Jonas and the Giver, can only see things in black and white. The lack of color keeps people from looking different based off of color. Also everyone has their birthday celebration on the same day so that it will be fair for everyone. ‘“How to explain this? Once, back in the time of memories everything had a shape and size, the way things still do, but they also had a quality called color.”’ and ‘“But I want them!” Jonas said angrily…show more content…
Beatty probably did not want Montag to question the society like Clarisse and start to read books. The US government many years ago decided that we will be a democracy which means that people rule so the leaders will be chosen by the people. There are some restrictions though like how the people who decide that they want to vote have to be 18 years or older. Also to maintain equality between the people they try to prevent discrimination. All of these societies have different but similar methods to keep everyone in the society equal. They all set up rules to keep people equal.
The word “family” is thought of differently in all of the societies, In the Giver they get assigned a spouse and choose their children, in Fahrenheit 451 there is not really the concept of having a family, and in today's society a lot of the people love their family and are actually blood related. In The Giver people are assigned families and the children and spouses are chosen by the government. They do not have a real blood related family and due to the lack of that the families do not feel a very strong sense of love near each other. Also if a child does not have a family then they get released. ‘“Definitely not safe,”
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In The Giver people stay happy by doing fun activities and doing things with their friends and family. “Hey Ash!” he shouted, looking around. There seemed to be no one in the play area. “Where are you ?” “Psssheeewwww!” A child’s voice coming from behind a nearby bush, made the sound. “Pow! Pow! Pow!” and “The children all received bikes at Nine; they were not allowed to ride bicycles before then. But almost always the older brothers and sisters had secretly taught the younger ones.”(166). They play games and do activities for fun. Also they play in playgrounds for fun when they are little. In Fahrenheit 451 people keep themselves happy by doing things that require the minimum amount of thinking and make the person do something productive. ‘“Beatty went on as if nothing had happened. "You like bowling, don't you, Montag?" "Bowling, yes." "And golf?" "Golf is a fine game." "Basketball?" "A fine game.". "Billiards, pool? Football?" "Fine games, all of them." "More sports for everyone, group spirit, fun, and you don't have to think, eh? Organize and organize and superorganize super-super sports. More cartoons in books. More pictures. The mind drinks less and less.”’ People like Beatty encourage others to do activities that don't require much thinking and are useful because things that require thinking may cause the person to be more emotional because they know that they are missing a family or love. In
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