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Release In The Giver

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Death, for example, is treated with a casual irreverence, turning from a tragedy into simply another function to be used in the Community. The killing of another human being is surprisingly common within Jonas's world, though it's not immediately understandable to the reader. All death is couched in different, more pleasant terms – Loss, for the tragic accidents, and Release, when the death of a human being is deliberately invoked. It should be said that Release is a far more common element within the Community, used for punishment, population control, or even simply to reduce inconvenience within the society. The horror of Release does not dawn upon Jonas – and subsequently the reader – until Jonas's father is witnessed killing the smaller
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