The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Expository Essay Through our society we are all raised up to be independent and unique individuals such as being ourselves and expressing who each of us are to the world. However, in the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, everyone is raised to count on one another and everyone must look and act the same. Our society differs from Jonas’s in many ways, such as the family units, birthdays, and the way we each learn about our past. In the book The Giver, our society and Jonas’s differ in terms of the family units. On page 8, Jonas’s mother tells Lily about the kids in the family units as, “Two children – one male, one female – to each family unit. It was written very clearly in the rules.” This quote explains how the parents are only allowed to have one male and one female – no more, no less. This differs from our society because our family unit can consist of many more or less than two children and the parents do not have to have one of each gender in the family. Also, in the quote, mother said, “to each family unit”, which makes it sound like the children are given to the parents, which is exactly right. The mothers of the family units in Jonas’s society are not allowed to give birth. Instead, there are birthmothers who give birth to the children and those children

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