Examples Of Euphemism In The Giver

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"Release" is probably the best example of a euphemism from The Giver. It sounds really pleasant. Fishers that want to fish but not kill the fish practice a technique known as “catch and release.” The fisher will catch the fish, celebrate, and then release it back into the water alive. In Jonas’s society, though, “release” has nothing to do with freeing a person alive. “Release” means death. More specifically, the euphemism refers to death through euthanasia. If somebody dies through natural or unintended consequences, then it is referred to as “loss.” In both cases, a person is dead. While “loss” is a euphemism in the book, it isn’t a blatant lie in my opinion. “Release” is a lie. The person isn’t being sent away to some other location;
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