Dystopia And Modern Society In The Giver By Lois Lowry

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“At dawn, the orderly, disciplined life he had always known would continue again, without him. The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past.” (Lowry 165). In the book, The Giver by Lois Lowry, the protagonist’s life, Jonas lives in a orderly fashioned utopia that doesn’t allow crime, pain, feelings, love and memories. Though, when Jonas turns twelve, he receives a job along with the other twelves in the community, which is the Receiver of Memory. He is trained by the most respected one in the community, The Giver. When training with the Giver, he learns the world’s past, and the dark secrets beyond his community. Jonas thought that his community was this perfect, orderly utopia, but turns out it was just a brainwashed, robot-like dystopia. When comparing and contrasting today’s society and the society in The Giver, people would rather live in a non perfect, real world, instead of Jonas’s world, where it’s fake and full of uniformity. Despite the similarities between modern society and Jonas’s society, the differences in choice, freedom, and feelings make only Jonas’s society a true dystopia. To begin with, the way in which each society celebrates birthdays reveals whether each society values individuality or conformity. For example, the timing of the birthday celebrations is different for the two societies. In Jonas’s society, individual birthdays are not celebrated; rather, every December the entire
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