Importance Of Language In The Giver

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The Giver in particular is “a book so unlike what has come before, so rich in levels of meaning, so daring in complexity of symbol and metaphor . . . that we are left with all our neat little everyday categories and judgments hanging useless” (Chaston 123). The Giver is seen as examples of utopian/dystopian fiction without a necessarily pedagogic approach. The Giver can be called a critical dystopia as the novel describes a community where people seem to be happy because they have relinquished some of the social problems that are common for today 's culture, such as arguing with friends or dealing with moments of family dysfunction. But the more readers learn about this society, the more ambiguous that happiness seems. The people here look up to make language as specific as possible, which can be helpful, but overall the language that they use only restricts people’s thoughts and freedom to experience the full spectrum of human emotion. The brusqueness of their language shows that this society cannot handle any changes or scrutiny, however awful it may be. Ultimately, one can recognise that the new problems created by their choice of language regulation are not worth whatever benefits that may result. Jonas’ community lost their identity and humanity in the procedure of creating an illusionary perfect society by following their governmental rules blindly and giving up all their right to make choices and even have feelings.

In the process of creating such a society many
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