The Utopian Society In Lois Lowry's The Giver

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An unknown person once said, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” This quote is important when it comes to general organization, but what about the organization of a society? Should every element of humanity be controlled? This is the situation for Jonas’ community in The Giver. This utopian society is a solution for many problems in the world. Living in the Utopian society of Lois Lowry's The Giver would be superior to where humanity exists in the universe today because it is safer, citizens do not have to face the problems of negative interactions with each other, and there is Climate Control to prevent disasters. The Utopian society in The Giver is ideal for humanity to live in because the communities are designed to be …show more content…

To support this reason, the author states, “He fell with his leg twisted under him, and he could hear the crack of bone. His face scraped along jagged edges of ice and when he came, at last, to a stop, he lay shocked and still, feeling nothing at first but fear. Then, the first wave of pain. He gasped. It was as if a hatchet lay lodged in his leg. Slicing through each nerve with a hot blade (108-109).” This particular memory of Jonas’ tells of what happened when climate wasn’t controlled and the ice would cause injuries. With Climate Control, injuries caused by the harsh weather of winter are avoided. Secondly, “‘Snow made growing food difficult, limited the agricultural periods. And unpredictable weather made transportation almost impossible at times. It wasn’t a practical thing, so it became obsolete, when we went to Sameness (83-84).’” A conversation between Jonas and the Giver reveals that weather affected an aspect of Utopian transportation and growing food, but Climate Control resolves these dilemmas. Lastly, “‘ It was sunburn,’ the old man told him. ‘It hurt a lot,’ Jonas said (86).” Climate Control also prevents scorchingly sunny weather which prevents citizens from feeling pain from sunburns. Climate Control was invented to keep humanity clear of any types of negative …show more content…

Citizens are not allowed to choose when they die. “He killed it! My father killed it (150)!” This is Jonas referring to a baby killed against his will at a very young age. With so many rules in this type of community, it is true that individuals are controlled, but with enough freedom, people are capable of anything, including actions that are dangerous to others. According to CNN, “The United States has more guns than any other country in the world. There are an estimated 270 million to 310 million firearms in circulation in the United States.” The world today has limited rules against guns, and that is why there are many dangerous shootings recently. The utopian society of The Giver is very safe for citizens, because of the lack of choices and

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