Perfection is the main goal of both the society of Pleasantville and the society The Giver lives in, in the book The Giver. Although both societies strive for perfection, the goal is almost always unreachable; however, during the pursuit of perfection, both societies reach the exact opposite. Pleasantville is a TV show created in 1950. When two kids from the real world are sucked into the tv and placed in this world of “perfection”. This world is only in black and white, every single day there is not a cloud in the sky, 76 degrees and sunny. At first, David/Bud believes this as well until he realizes everything their society misses out on. David and his sister then slowly bring color into the “perfect” society. Going along with the “perfect” …show more content…
It is the same temperature every single day, all basketball players are the exact same skill level. In the community of Pleasantville Equality is the main focus. In Pleasantville, everything needs to be the same and everything needs to be perfect. Every Single day it is 76 degrees and sunny because everything has to be the same the weather has to stay the same too. Along with equality, the basketball team at Pleasantville High School is undefeated and Each player has the exact same skill level of course because everything has to be perfect. The players never miss a shot, showing their perfection. There is no room for improvement because you are already perfect. Although it may seem ideal if everybody is automatically perfect you are preventing from learning from mistakes and working hard to earn something which teaches them life lessons and mentally strengthens the players. Following along the path of equality The community in The Giver is even more strict in the idea of equality. Everybody is given a mandatory haircut, and everybody has to wear the same clothes. Ideally, there can be no difference from one person to the next in this community. In order to accomplish such a task, everybody is given a mandatory haircut, all hair has to look the same in order to prevent one being more superior to another. Along with haircuts, the clothing worn by the people in the …show more content…
Bud comes in late to work one day in Pleasantville and sees Mr. Johnson wiping the table. “I didn't know what to do Well--I always wipe down the counter and then you set out the napkins and glasses and then I make the french fries...But you didn't come so I kept on wiping”(Pleasantville). Controlled knowledge is something that we see throughout the entire movie. The viewer is well aware of one how oblivion the people are being in the show, however, the people in the show are completely clueless. You would think when it just comes down to common sense MR. Johnson would have been able to realize that if Bud isn't there to do the Job right on time he can just continue through the jobs and just do whatever bud wasn't there to do. However, Mr. Johnson's knowledge is so limited and so controlled that he only know how to do something if it runs in a specific order. At first this may seem like that can create a perfect society. If everybody does the right thing at the right time then all will be good however that is not how it works 100% of the time therefore when bud, a character in the real worlds makes a simple human mistake and runs late all fall apart. Mr. Johnson became clueless the second something wasn't in order. Similarly, the community in The Giver is a perfect example of how a society can have such controlled
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Pleasantville, directed by Gary Ross, is a year 1998 comedy with effective underlying issues. A universal idea, change is often inevitable, and leads an individual to make decisions about their actions that have widespread consequences. These essential ideas involving change are in Gary Ross ' 1998 film ‘Pleasantville’ by employing film techniques to convey his message. Through considering the developing characterization of the two protagonists, it becomes clear that change can either enrich or hinder an individual 's progress, highlighting its incredible influence in our society.
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Making Connections Black and white compared to what's really right? Even though both the novel 1984 and the film Pleasantville are made in different times, they share the same ideals. The novel 1984 was written by george orwell and the film Pleasantville was written and directed by gary ross. In both 1894 and Pleasantville the ideas of conformity, intimacy, and leadership are challenged.
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Less than 200 years ago, Charles Darwin formed the theory of evolution by natural selection, stating that the world is a survival of the fittest where the strong rule and the weak die. Although this theory is used in the biological sense to explain how organisms of today came to be, this theory can also be used to explain the society that we see in the modern world. More often than not, those who are deemed successful are either smart, good looking, athletic, or have other, similar, desired traits. The less fortunate are deemed weak and don’t enjoy benefits to the same degree as the successful such as respect from peers or a higher paying job. For high schoolers, this social reality is equally as real as it is for adults and the most evident examples could be found in high school sport teams.
Conformity is gradually oppressing the world in which we live in. This ideal is prominently illustrated in the film Pleasantville which is directed, and produced by Gary Ross. Pleasantville is a great demonstration of the dangers of abiding by society’s expectations, and the freedoms that come with rebelling to these expectations and embracing change. Gary Ross uses several literary techniques such as; colour (symbolism), and character development to indicate the lack of creativity, and originality in society. Throughout the film, Ross illustrates how obstructive conformity can be to society, and how rewarding rebelling to societal norms can be for not only self growth, but societal advancement as well.
Throughout the movie “Pleasantville”, there are numerous social issues. This paper will look at and identify some of them, as well as defining the basic social issues and how they relate to the movie. Some sociological concepts found in the movie include Race and Ethnicity, Age Stratification, and Social Interaction. Throughout the movie, there are plenty of examples, but I will use the three main concepts I found. The example of Race and Ethnicity would be Discrimination.
In The Giver, Lois Lowry shows her readers what it is like to live in a society with no diversity, no color, and no freedom. In this society, there is a twelve-year old boy, named Jonas, who finds the truth about life outside of his community. He does not have the option of choice, and he is stuck in a futuristic world of “sameness”. Jonas’ world is dull, and he wants to change it because it does not have the amazing features and opportunities that he learns about. In this story, Lois Lowry is warning her readers that too much conformity can lead to no freedom and no true happiness.
People break the rules every day. Breaking these rules could sometimes have a beneficial impact. Breaking the rules can even change what people do, think, or act. It could, in fact, change society as it stands. In “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét, he demonstrates that one might have to break the rules for the betterment of society by the use of internal conflict, dramatic irony, and epiphany resolution.
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“No one in the community was starving, had ever been starving, would ever be starving.” (Lowry 89). The Community in The Giver is called a utopian society, what is a utopian society? Webster Dictionary says, “an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social condition are perfect...” Even though they may be “perfect”, utopian societies never really work out, and usually people have to take risks in order to change the society.
Society has a negative, neutral, or positive effect depending on which one you live in. For instance, The Giver’s society is neutral due to the sameness so they are much different from our society. Its is surprising how different they are. The way they choose jobs, celebrate birthdays and mourn death are different from us. They do not even celebrate birthdays after twelve.
“There is this plague of sameness, that is killing the human joy” Everything and everyone in the world is different. Sameness makes the world seem blunt. Difference is what makes people unique. If everyone was the same the world would not be interesting and everyone and everything would be boring. The same things happen over and over again.
The Giver Compare/Contrast Essay When some people hear the words ‘perfect society’ what do they think of? Take a look at our society, then take a look at Jonas’s society, between our two societies there are some comparisons and a vast amount of differences. For instance, the rules are different, as well as their family units and their individuality. While our society is more on the modern side, Jonas’s society is plainer. When it comes to the rules in our society, we don’t normally think of rules that are very extreme.
People like to think that a society with no crime, equality, and no wrong choices would be a perfect society; however, what is the price people pay for this “perfect” society? Most people think they know what 's right and what 's not, when they are given the choice. Nevertheless, when they are given the choice a wrong choice could greatly affect the society. The novel The Giver shows us this with a boy named Jonas who lives in a society where there are no choices, no individuality, ands lots of rules. Although this may seem like a utopia, it could very easily turn into a dystopia .