Similarities Between Dystopia And The Giver

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The Giver, by Lois Lowry is an intriguing and thought-provoking dystopian novel which takes the reader into an imaginary world where individuality and uniqueness are restricted and controlled, and obedience is mandatory. The text uses a variety of dystopian elements which makes the reader ponder a society where individual freedom has almost disappeared. This is conveyed by Lowry through a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting in which the government controls its citizens through the use of propaganda and surveillance. The Giver has several similarities as the Isaac Asimov’s classic short story, The Fun They Had. Whilst this story is not post-apocalyptic, it is set in dystopian future where individual freedom is restricted. The story is confronting for the reader because the world in which Asimov describes is not completely far off from the world that we are living in today. The dystopian short story centres around the protagonist Margie who discovers an old book which explores the way that children were educated back ‘in the olden days’ Plot is an important element used in both dystopian texts to challenge the reader that there is a difference in the standard of living compared today’s society. Both authors have constructed the main characters who question the societies in which they live in, challenging the readers to think about the the values embedded in their own society. This confronts the reader because the two elements used in both texts makes the reader
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