Societies Maintaining Control in The Allegory of the Cave and The Giver

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In “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Giver,” these societies maintain control in different ways. In “The Allegory of the Cave,” the prisoners are physically restrained, but on the other hand, the community members in “The Giver” have a precision of language rule. “The people have been… shackled by the legs and neck...unable to turn their heads around.” The puppeteers in “The Allegory of the Cave” have controlled the prisoners by shackling them by their legs and neck so they cannot move. They cannot go against the puppeteers nor can they move freely to do whatever they want so, the prisoners do what the puppeteers tell them. “‘Do you love me?’... ‘Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!’... ‘our community can’t function smoothly if people don’t use precise language.’” (127) This quote in “The Giver” shows how precision of language controls the members of the community and cannot function without it. It limits a range of experience by using more precise words, so they would not over react. While the puppeteers maintain control of the prisoners physically, the Elders sustain it by controlling them mentally. The societies in “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Giver,” maintain control in similar ways too. In “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Giver,” the “controllers” both limit the range of experience of the members in the community. “Thus they stay in the same place so that there is only one thing for them to look at: whatever they encounter in front of

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