Themes in The Giver

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Themes in The Giver What if there was a world without memory, choice, or emotion? Could a world truly exist in those conditions? In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning novel The Giver, the main character, Jonas, lives in a world exactly as described. In his community, nobody at all can remember anything, choose, or feel any emotion. All of these things are banned is because his community wanted everything to run smoothly. They wanted a community without hate, war, or conflict. While reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver, one can see these themes portrayed many times throughout the novel. One of the themes portrayed is that of memory. Jonas’s people do not have memory, because some time ago, memory was eliminated as a result of the pain and regret that memories are associated with. As a part of the community’s “utopia” plan, memories had to be ousted from the community (Lit Charts). Memory is also eliminated because the community wanted to stop people from making bad choices. Without memory, the daily life of people in Jonas’s community is extremely different from the life of a person in a normal world. For example, unlike this world, death is not tragic because life in this community is not really experienced and embraced. Also, what would be some of most cherished moments in a normal person’s life such as birth, new career, marriage, graduation, and birthdays are just treated as if they were absolutely nothing at all. They are just normal everyday activities in Jonas’s world.

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