Lois Lowry's The Giver

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Is a perfect society possible, or is it just the seed of a corrupt governments rise to total control, masquerading the truth from its community. In The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the protagonist named Jonas just happens to be one of the government’s pawns at the time. Throughout the book, Jonas learns that the ‘perfect’ society he’s been living in his life isn’t a utopia after all. It actually turns out to be a dystopian society, where there is no freedom to do the things that people take for granted in modern society. The dystopian society written about in The Giver has many distinct differences and some similarities whilst being held up to the light with modern society today. The rules, laws and regulations that are strictly enforced in Jonas’s…show more content…
On the other hand, in The Giver the community leaders, (or Elders), choose the ‘correct’ spouse for each and every person if they fill out the mandatory application. “...an adult who applied to receive a spouse waited months or even years before a match was approved” (Lowry 48). In Jonas’s society, perfection is a must so the matching of a husband and wife may take years because the people that will be matched together must have the attributes that aid and complement each other. Likewise, in The Giver you must apply for a child and even then, chosen birthmothers will deliver your child. That ultimately takes away the feeling of family, the feeling of love because the child that they’re raising is not their own, it is somebody else’s. “”Three years,” Mother told her firmly. “Three births, and that’s all”” (Lowry 22). In modern society the wife delivers the child with her husband and they don’t have to fill out a form. On the other hand, both family units have a child to raise and in both scenarios the parents of the youth work together to raise the child to the best of their ability. In Jonas’s society, equality is strictly enforced, but in modern society people are allowed to do their own thing and live their life how they want
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