What Is The Theme Of The Dystopia In The Giver

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The Giver is a novel written by Lois Lowry, and is one of society’s most known novels that depicts a story of a futuristic community involving a very altered view of life. Throughout the novel, the main character Jonas encounters a variety of different life experiences than that of his fellow community members. At the young age of twelve Jonas is given the official assignment of the “Receiver of Memory” (Lowry 64). With this duty, Jonas begins to gain knowledge of the past. This includes memories of both good and bad experiences that were lived throughout the community. As the novel continues Jonas begins interacting with a new child from the nurturing center named Gabriel. Gabriel seems to be a very different child and begins developing…show more content…
But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.” (The Giver’s Dystopia). Lois Lowry expressing her view of the world in “The Giver” supports the theme of the idea of individuals being similar throughout the society. Everyone has their specific tasks and duties in their world. That can make the world dangerous just as Lowry claims and that is why Jonas decides to be uncommon and fade away from the conforming society that is formed around…show more content…
After given this information and another viewpoint of life he realizes that life is not everything that society believes it to be. This is where the idea of individuality beings to come into play. Jonas is given this different view on life that allows him to be different, think different, and interact with the world differently all while the others interacting within this community show no signs of emotion. Often times in today’s society people get caught up in the idea that there is a set way to live, and this novel is showing that this is not the case through this theme. Lois Lowry is attempting to show the reader that it is okay to be different than those surrounding you. Each and every individual is different no matter what society is attempting to depict to be ideal or
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