Lois Lowry's The Giver Should Not be Censored

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1121 words

Lois Lowry's The Giver Should Not be Censored

Parents in modern society routinely attempt to shield their children from what they view as evils of the world. Adults censor television they watch, conversations they have, and books they read. In so doing, parents feel that they are guarding their children from knowledge that they may not be emotionally capable of handling. However, it also is imperative in the highly competitive atmosphere of modern society for youth to become prepared for the pressures of adulthood. Ironically, the dangerous knowledge parents believe they are hiding from their children inevitably is learned through exposure. In the domain of literature, a parent may feel that a particular book attracts attention to inappropriate or taboo issues, neglecting the positive aspects of that same work. This is the situation that has developed with Lois Lowry's The Giver, a book opposed by parents across the nation. Throughout the novel, despite challenges that have emerged based in her use of euphemistic expressions for euthanasia within a utopian society, the author nonetheless demonstrates the importance of experiential learning and the valuable lessons to be learned by working through the negative aspects of life.

Parents have raised protest against The Giver because it references euthanasia; a concept many believe corrupts youthful readers' minds and values. Indeed, the author initially does minimize the significance of mercy killing by euphemistically denoting it as, "release" (139). However, when Jonas learns the true definition of this term, he grows determined to awaken the community to what it is condoning. He realizes that the process of release is a "feeling of terri...

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...ustrates the significance of developing and experiencing a balanced perspective on life. However, this parental challenge misunderstands that euphemism is used as a literary device to actually convey the horror of infanticide. Lowery further conveys the poverty of emotional experience that emerges when words are used superficially and without meaning. The Giver further demonstrates through the development of the protagonist, Jonas, that it is necessary to experience the negative aspects of life in order to enjoy the good life has to offer. It reveals that the price paid for the illusion of safety in a utopian environment is the demoralization of life and its endless possibilities, or, as more euphemistically referred to in today's society, no pain, no gain.

Work Cited:

Lowry, L. The Giver. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1993.

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that lois lowry's the giver should not be censored parents in modern society routinely attempt to shield their children from evils of the world.
  • Analyzes the hypocrisy of the actual community of parental critics when one realizes that they are citizens of a country that permits infanticide in another form.
  • Analyzes lois lowry's stylistic ability to capture meaning not only in words, but also in experience conveyed by the words. the giver reveals the deprivation of true language within the community experience.
  • Analyzes how jonas and his development throughout the novel demonstrate the positive and negative attributes of life.
  • Analyzes how the giver illustrates the significance of developing and experiencing a balanced perspective on life.
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