Examples Of Color In The Giver By Lois Lowry

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In The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas’s society has been shown to make everyone look the same, and Jonas wishes it was different. It is clearly shown that before the ‘sameness’, people had different skin colors. As The Giver was explaining the concept of colors to Jonas, he said, “There was a time, actually-you'll see this in the memories later-when flesh was many different colors. That was before we went to Sameness. Today flesh is all the same” (Lowry 94). Not only does the society control what they see, they also control what they wear. During the ceremony when Lily was going to become an eight, the author describes, “Jonas watched and cheered as Lily marched proudly to the stage, became an Eight and received the identifying jacket that she …show more content…

The author clearly shows that the ‘operation’ is a big deal. Before Tally was going to leave for her operation, a new ugly asked her why she looked so sad. As she decides what to do, she contemplates, “Should she tell this new ugly that sometime this afternoon, her body was going to be opened up, the bones ground to the right shape, some of them stretched or padded, her nose cartilage and cheekbones stripped out and replaced with programmable plastic” (Westerfeld 93). After Tally learns that her society was intentionally damaging the brains of the people they operate on, “The sight of New Pretty Town had once filled her with longing. Now the skyline was like a vacant shell, all its promises gone’ (Westerfeld 335). In Tally’s situation, it can be very easy to assume that only good can come out of making everybody pretty. Later in the book, Tally learns that when everyone is pretty, they all become mindless zombies. In conclusion, the benefit of making everyone pretty is that no one will be bullied. The cost is that if everyone is pretty, no one can be …show more content…

Recently, the number of schools that require their students to wear uniforms has increased. On the NCES website, they state, “From 1999–2000 to 2013–14, the percentage of public schools reporting that they required students to wear uniforms increased from 12 to 20 percent” (nces.ed.gov). Many people agree that forcing children to all wear the same thing suppresses individuality and creativity. In an article about school uniforms, deseretnews.com says, “We have been taught since kindergarten that everyone is different and to respect differences. I see that uniforms are a way to make everyone the same” (deseretnews.com). However, some people believe that the academic advantages outweigh the lack of individuality. On theguardian.com, Chloe Spencer says, “Some people believe that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically” (theguardian.com). In this situation, the benefit would be a lack of bullying based on clothing and less distractions from school work. However, not choosing what one wears takes away differences and individuality - something we’ve been taught to celebrate at an early

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