Everyone agreed to the term living life to the fullest, but in The Giver written by Lois Lowry citizens in the community rather obeying their own government like a puppet for a peaceful and safe life. They give up their personal freedom, true emotion and even the ability to see color to be controled by someone. They couldn't make any choices for themselve, even the right to choose their own career, life, spouse and family got taken away from them. Everyone around Jonas, the main character, believe this life is what they wanted even Jonas himself does until one day everything chance when he find out the truth hidden deep inside his community. The so call peacefulness and safe community their government say should be acquired by the people in the community own decision and action not what the government want. Sameness is not something a community should have. Furthermore, people should at least got to decide their own decision. For example, Lowry write “If everything the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one? He looked down at himself, at the colorless fabric of his clothing...But it's all the same, always” (92). According to the quote above, Jonas society is being control by their own government. No choice of even choosing the way you dress, just wearing a plain colorless clothes. Another example written by Lowry, “But now that I can see colors, at least sometimes I was thinking! What
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“Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen” (Lowry 103). Imagine a world with no control over who you marry, what your job is, what you wear, or what you get to eat for every meal. This is what it’s like in The Giver by Lois Lowry. The people live in a community that is severely more controlled than ours. We have the freedom to have a pet, have as many kids as you want, and say what you want. The people in The Giver do not have those freedoms. The people in the community don’t even know what love is. In our world love is each individual’s choice, but not in The Giver. In other words, they don’t get to experience the precious parts of life, such has having a wedding and giving birth to your child. No society is perfect, but citizens of every community have an
Chaos is bad, but sometimes, it is good too. The decision to go to sameness, lacked something: choices. The ability to be creative and independent. The idea of making your own choices, the ability to be different from people, was a question Jonas asked when he was talking to The Giver. He said, “But now that I can see colors, at least sometimes, I was just thinking: what if we could hold things up that were bright red, or bright yellow, and he could choose? Instead of the Sameness.” When Jonas asked this, he was contradicting his beliefs before he became The Receiver. When he inquired The Giver about the bright colors, he was basically asking him, “What would life be like without Sameness?” The Giver replies to Jonas’s question by saying, “He might make wrong choices.” By saying this, the Giver was implying that if there was not Sameness, the community would fall back into chaos
The giver follows the life of a young boy named Jonas. In the future, society is different from now, emotions, colour, pain, and liberty are all things of the past, in this alleged dystopian novel. Thorough explanation of this is left out in the novel, what we know is some war or tragedy due to all the emotions, opinions, cultures etc. led to great measures being taken. Thus eliminating all feelings both good and bad, which in turn dehumanized the whole population almost making them in to living robots, just so that the chance of another catastrophe is narrowed down to almost zero. Liberty is merely an illusion in this novel since no choices are made by the people only by the “elders” who aren't explained a lot either
Imagine waking up one day, and all your choices are stripped away from you. You can no longer choice blue or red, up or down, one or two. Everything has been picked out for you whether you like it or not. The community in the Giver is a utopian society. All members have a clear-cut set of rules they must follow. The rules were made to get rid of pain and fix society’s problems. On the occasion of when the truth is revealed Jonas, a unique boy, questions society, and its motives. Personal choice is one of the most important things, even in the event that it may cause pain or suffering. Individuals within the community should have a right to pick their spouse, have their own children, and pick their careers.
The Giver shows the ideology of a dystopian theme as it has the citizens being controlled by the authority. Members of the community are being watched by The Community so that they will not perform anything that hurts the population. For example, “”you know that there’s no third-chance”. The rules say that if there is a third transgression, he simply has to be released.” is quote said Jonas’s mother while sharing her experience that day. In this quote The Community is empowered and regulates every community member to be the way they want them to be; perfect. “Attention. A reminder Stirrings must be reported in order for treatment to take place. “”Jonas you HAVE to take your pills!””is another quote in The Giver. In this quote both the Community
In the story everyone is colorblind so no one can choose different colors and have no opinion, they also have the same bike and clothes. If you are a girl you have to wear a ribbon in your hair until you are nine and then once your ribbon gets taken out of your hair you get a jacket. For instance, “ ”Our people made the choice, the choice to go to sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.” He thought for a moment. “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others” “ (124). One of the problems with the community having sameness is that the newborn children could never experience sunshine or snow, but they never have to experience pain or starvation. They feel, wear, and look the same, the community will never feel different, but the only difference is their age and little accessories. For example ,“ It’s the way they live. It’s the life that was created for them. It’s the same life that you would have, if you had not been chosen as my successor” (192). Jonas and the community’s whole life has been controlled by elders. They have never been able to make their own choices without the elders. This represents how sameness appears to be the antagonist and how they can never be
Jonas discovers what is really beyond his community, beyond all the rules and policies they have to follow; he decides to leave and give all of his memories to the rest of the community so they would know about what they have not seen or experienced before. Jonas discovers that the community has decided too many things for everyone. He realizes Sameness is not right, that it cannot last any longer. He thinks of all the what-ifs. What if the Elders choose a wrong spouse? What if the Elders choose the wrong job for someone?
To most kids in our society, the changes in Jonas’s world would be difficult to accept because we in America value our freedom to choose and to voice our desires. Did the creator’s of Jonas’s community truly improve society as we know it today?
The setting of The Giver takes place in a fictional community known as the “Sameness”. Life here is supposed to be "perfect" because there is no pain or suffering. They don’t have to take
Throughout our lives, as humans, we have to make many decisions about things such as, the clothes we wear, the people we will mary, and even the jobs we will work at. However, these decisions can either be very good for us, or they can come back to haunt us later in life. It is dangerous for us as humans, to make our own decisions, and it would be safer if society made these tough decisions for us. In the story, “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry, Jonas comes to the conclusion that letting people choose the things such as their clothes, their spouse, and their job would be very dangerous. If society chose things for people, then life would be a lot safer for everyone. Also, many bad things that can harm people can be better by society choosing things for people. It would be more dangerous for us to get through our lives if society didn’t make decisions for us. It is dangerous for us as humans, to make our own decisions, and it would be safer if society made these tough decisions for us.
I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one?” He looked down at himself, at the colorless fabric of his clothing. “But it’s all the same, always.” This document could be used as evidence that Jonas’s community is a dystopia by not letting others choose their own things, such as their clothing.
In Jonas’s world their community is a dystopian society. Their community is a dystopia because the citizens have no choices, the society is in “Sameness”, and the people who run the community make all the decisions.
Life decisions are what shapes you to who you are. If you were told who to marry, how many children to have, where to live, and what job to have really isn’t living is it? In a world of sameness, everything stays the same and does not change. In The Giver, the story is told through a black and white image, that is until Jonas discovers colors. The receiver and the giver have a hard time connecting with the rest of the community due to being able to see what others cannot. “He found that he was often angry, now: irrationally angry at his groupmates, that they were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on (Lowry, 99).” Jonas starts to get frustrated over the fact that no one else cares about being all the
How would it feel if this world didn’t let people have choices, didn’t let people share, or if they didn’t let people celebrate birthdays, holidays, or just celebrate anything? Well that’s what it was like for Jonas in The Giver. Jonas lives in the future in a community where The Giver is the only one who knows everything, but soon all that changed for Jonas. He became the the community 's new Receiver of Memory, and soon Jonas learns the terrible secrets of this “utopian” community. Later on as he learns some more about the community’s secrets he makes a plan to leave the community, and to take Gabe with him so he wouldn’t get released.(which means they die, but the community doesn’t understand that) In this book choices, sharing, and celebrations would have made The Giver community more positive.
Jonas society is a utopian society because everything and everyone is the same. How are people suppose to see the differences in life if they can't see no color. On the other hand if you wanted to pick a color to wear they could not because no one can see color(Lowry 120).we relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.Jonas replied ¨we shouldn't have!¨he