Theme Of Obedience In The Giver

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Obedience and Emotion

"Rules are the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men" (Harry Day). Although boundaries and guidelines are important for the success of a society, it is also invaluable to know the gift of freedom. If one is foolishly obedient and follows only the orders they are given, there is no growth for their future. People will start to become robots and will never learn some of life's most crucial lessons. In the book The Giver, by Lois Lowry, there are three main themes; conformity, tradition, and compliancy.

One major theme in The Giver would be the idea of how emotions affect our willingness to follow orders. In this book, it is not allowed for one to choose his or her own spouse. This
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One of the greatest goals to many is the pristine and luxurious idea of a nation without blunder or defect. This thought is a main focal point in The Giver, by Lois Lowry. "Jonas stared at the screen, waiting for something to happen. But nothing did. The little twin lay motionless. His father was putting things away. Folding the blanket, closing the cupboard" (Pg. 150). Even in a world with no emotion and complete order, mistakes are inevitable. These people try to use conformity as a means to erase self identity. They take out memories so that they don't have to acknowledge the fact that they are not "releasing" babies and elderly to Elsewhere, they are murdering them. "'She left here that day, left this room, and did not go back to her dwelling. I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked to be released" (Pg. 143). No matter how hard anyone tries the perfect society is not reachable. There will always be cons to success; in The Giver, these downfalls result in the suicide of the young and searching of discharge by the rest. We, as humans, will always seek the correct way and order for things to be; but the truth is, there is no right way to do things because everyone has their own
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