The Giver: A Dystopian Society The Giver is said to be about a utopian society, but is it really? The Giver is a book about a society where everything is “perfect”. It was created by Lois Lowry influenced by her own personal life specifically her father. He was someone who was beginning to lose his memory and one day he was shown a picture of Lois’s sister but surprisingly he knew nothing about her as in who she was.
Debate-written Assignment, Conformity The idea of conformity is to eliminate individualism and to unite the society together, making it a safer place for the citizens to live, and develop in. A place that has no war, no hunger and no pain, where citizens create strong bonds between each other. The Giver written by Lois Lowry represents the idea of conformity in the society where they try to keep everyone the same as each other by following the same rules and trying to avoid having people stand out by receiving daily pills to lose the feeling of inclination between each other.
Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron is a short story published in 1961 that I would describe as having the theme of futuristic-science-fiction. The short is set in the year 2081 where in the United States new amendments to the constitution has equalized all humans. Although, the author does not mention how this dystopia came to be and if the rest of the world has equalized all human beings, it is clear to me that in this dystopia, equality is an illusion, equality is not real. As I read this short, it became more and more evident to me that this society was strange, and when I finished the short, I was convinced that this society was conformed to act and think in the way that they do, which unfortunately, for a country in year 2081, that claims
Men and women tend to behave in a way that will allow them to fit in, as opposed to doing what will make them the happiest. The characters in "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold experience this push toward conformity while coping with a terrible loss. Abigail, after the social norms of her generation forces her towards motherhood, must come to terms with her shortcomings. This absence of a proper mother figure affects Abigail's son, Buckley, by depriving him of the ability to freely show his pain. Ruth, however, is able to defy social norms surrounding sexuality, but faces the consequences of being different in a world filled with similarity.
In Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver, Jonas lives in a seemingly peaceful world where there are never any problems, whether major or minor. There are Ceremonies for the children, rules that the people have to follow, and “release” for the Old or anyone else. However, as Jonas begins his training with the Receiver, who is the person who has all the memories, Jonas begins to understand how citizens gave up their freedom in exchange for peace, which is not ethical according to Jonas. One problem that the members of the Community avoid is the concept of world hunger, which is caused by a variety of things including discrimination and poverty.
"The Giver" takes place in a community at some point in the indeterminate future where "Sameness" is prized above all else. Multiple factors have gone into creating a monochromatic world where individuality is crushed, a citizen 's every move is monitored from the moment of birth, natural families have been replaced by artificial "family units" and choice has vanished. A soothing voice makes passive-aggressive scolding announcements over loudspeakers. The Giver 's cavernous dwelling, perched on the edge of a cliff, is a gloomy and masterful set, overlooking the clouds gathered below.
I have read the novel, “The Giver”, written by the famous American writer Lois Lowry. This book was written under author’s impression after visiting her aging father in the hospital, who had lost his long term memory. The idea of the book is the importance of memory. The novel is set in a society which seems like utopian, in this society there is no hunger, sadness, or misery. However this utopian society is held from experiencing true emotions.
The themes from The Giver that I will be covering are the treatment of Birthmothers, the absence of free-will, and and the importance of love. The Giver is an award-winning book by Lois Lowry. This book is about a “perfect community” where you are given your job, your spouse, and your children in hopes that this community would be perfect and peaceful.
Obedience and Emotion "Rules are the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men" (Harry Day). Although boundaries and guidelines are important for the success of a society, it is also invaluable to know the gift of freedom. If one is foolishly obedient and follows only the orders they are given, there is no growth for their future. People will start to become robots and will never learn some of life's most crucial lessons.
The Giver & Adaptation Theory After reading The Giver and watching the 2014 film in class, I have noticed lots of differences and similarities among the two. Most of the movie is correct but at the same time, they made some slight changes from the director’s perspective. I will apply Linda Hutcheon’s Adaptation Theory to analyze the choices that the director made in the movie that is different from the book.