Leadership In The Giver

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Jonas, a twelve year old boy, is the protagonist of The Giver. He was assigned to be the receiver of memory or the highest position in the community. The people in the community don’t need to make any decisions, their future are all decided by the giver (receiver). Jonas learns that with leadership comes responsibility. Jonas learns that with commitment, he must continue training as the receiver, or else the community will have trouble making a choice. For Jonas to be a good leader, he should try to change the sameness in the community, and make choices for the community to prevent negative things to happen. In real life, leaders choose voting from citizens to decide either a choice is correct, while in The Giver, leaders decide base on the…show more content…
For Jonas to be considered a good leader, he has to make changes to the community. The community is running in a way that everything relies on the giver. He should make people have their own choices, they should not rely on the giver when they have conflicts. According to The Giver by Lois Lowry, "Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences." The community gave up love and made it “inappropriate”. Everything is decided for them, their jobs, future and love. Jonas needs to share the memories of pain and happiness, even it would make everyone pained. Jonas also needs to get rid of releasing. Release means to be killed by injecting a needle in the head. Releasing is for a certain age, underweight or sickly babies. One of each twins will be released as well. They are weighted, the lighter or unhealthy one will be released. According to Jonas in The Giver, "I was only asking about release because my father is releasing a newchild today. A twin. He has to select one and release the other one. They do it by weight." Jonas not realizing what release really meant thought it was just something usual. Until he notices that his father killed the baby with a needle. “To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of newchild 's forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed. The newborn squirmed, and wailed faintly.” This is showing that twins will never be “together” (there will be no twins) in the community. Any sickly or underweight babies are killed innocently. Even old aged are releases before they even have an illness. Jonas as a leader should change the community’s style of life to prevent any things such as release

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