The Significance Of The Community In The Giver By Lois Lowry

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“No one in the community was starving, had ever been starving, would ever be starving.” (Lowry 89). The Community in The Giver is called a utopian society, what is a utopian society? Webster Dictionary says, “an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social condition are perfect...” Even though they may be “perfect”, utopian societies never really work out, and usually people have to take risks in order to change the society. In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas takes risks by, helping family members, doing what he thinks is right, and helping friends see the truth. Jonas took another risk by helping a family member; that family member was a child named Gabriel. Gabriel was living with Jonas’s family unit and was going to be released (killed), but Jonas took him so that wouldn’t happen. For instance, when Jonas was leaving the Community “...he had taken Gabriel too” (Lowry 208). was mentioned in the text. Jonas was going to be in a tremendous amount of trouble for escaping the community in the first place, but because he took Gabriel he was going to be in even more trouble than before. Jonas learned that to give Gabriel a…show more content…
For example, Asher was always Jonas’s best friend, and Jonas wanted to help him see the truth that the Elder’s were hiding from the Community, “He put his hands on Asher’s shoulders, and concentrated on the red of the petals, trying to hold is as long as he could, and trying at the same time to transmit the awareness of red to his friend” (Lowry 125). The Committee of Elders removed the color from the world to increase sameness, but as the Receiver, Jonas could see color. It was a big risk to try to get Asher to see colors; only Receivers and Givers are supposed to see color. Since the Committee of Elders removed color, Jonas is not supposed to discuss it with other people and he could get in vast trouble for mentioning it around non-Giver/Receiver

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