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The Giver, By Lois Lowry

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Would you trade safety for freedom? In the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry that is exactly the choice the people in this book had to face. The people who created the community were called, “Founders”. The Founders main goal in creating their community was to get rid of hurt and anger and gain peace and safety for all the people. There is a price for safety and happiness. Communities should be willing to let go of some of their liberties in order to live in a more peaceful and safe society. The Founders in this book took many measures to ensure safety for their community. One way the Founders ensured safety for their community was by eliminating color. The Founders believed that color led to emotions, choice, carnage, and…show more content…
When anybody makes a decision it effects their futures for the better and the worse for example when you are riding your bike you choose to turn right but you turn the corner too fast and then you go off a small cliff and break your leg. This example shows that even the tiniest decisions affect anybody’s life. That is why in the community everybody’s path is chosen for them so that they can reduce the chances of pain, discomfort, and even make people be violent toward each other. In a conversation in The Giver Jonas and the Giver had a conversation about the past and how the founders “…made that 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.” (Lowry 95) The founders eliminated choice in this way.
Another way the founders created safety for the community is by terminating memories of pain, violence, and the past because this made pain, war and happiness. The reason that they had to get rid of the memories is because when Jonas hurt his finger in the door he felt the most extreme pain that he ever had but then slowly after he got the relief of pain he started to forget how pain felt which would make everyone’s life much better because there is no fear or other things. (Lowry 62) Another memory that the founders eliminated was of lust because when Jonas had a stirring he wanted
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