Lowry Illustrates a Futursitic Society Through Her Experiences in Japan in the Giver

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Lois Lowry's book, The Giver, illustrates a futuristic society in which a strict law is enforced and no citizen thinks of going against that law. There are no deviations from what is considered the normal. A large contribution to the creation of their perfect society is keeping the public unaware of things happening around them. Lowry helps create this perfect world by creating euphemisms in their everyday speech where the main purpose is keeping the public from completely understanding the whole truth. Not only did the euphemisms play a large part in the book, but also,the author's own personal experiences and events that occurred around the same time as the writing of the book helped to shape the book into what it is now. In 1994,…show more content…
Lowry continues by explaining that by ignoring the girl it almost made her invisible; like she was not there at all. That instilled a sense of comfort or safeness (Telgen 169). By shutting out the “different” in her college dormitory all of the other girls felt a sense of comfort or safeness. This feeling they created is very similar to the feeling Jonas' community creates by controlling the characteristics of their community and making sure that everything is the same and there are no outliers. Other memories that Lowry used to create The Giver that were not mentioned in her Newbery Acceptance speech were revealed in a book she wrote in 1998 called Looking Back: A Book of Memories. In her book she was able to correlate the quote, “'Lily, please hold still,' Mother said again. Lily, standing in front of her, fidgeted impatiently. 'I can tie them myself,' she complained. 'I always have.' 'I know that,' Mother replied, straightening the hair ribbons on the little girl's braids. 'But I also know that they constantly come loose and more often than not, they're dangling down your back by afternoon. Today, at least, we want them to be neatly tied and to stay neatly tied'” (Lowry 40). to growing up in 1911, when it was a “time of ribbons” Along with her childhood playing a key role in

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