Memories Back Then

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In the book The Giver by, Lois Lowry, the reader is introduced to what seems overall to be a perfect community although somewhat unusual and perplexing. As the story progresses, the reader learns things that seem unsettling even though this utopian society is supposedly “perfect”. As Jonas begins his work as the new receiver of memory, he gains wisdom and through tat wisdom learns that in protecting the community from the memories, their lives have lacked feeling and understanding. First in The Giver, we learn from mistakes, and without the memory of those mistakes, we cannot actively make decisions about the future. “Yesterday’s Mistakes May Be Today’s Regrets, But They’re Tomorrow’s Lessons” (twoxchromosomes.wordpress.com) People learn from memories and gain wisdom from remembering past experiences. Although the elders have succeeded in creating a utopian society where there is no pain from memories of the past, the community needs someone to hold the burden from those memories. As the Receiver of Memory ,The Giver uses knowledge from the memories that he alone holds, to advice the committee of elders with issues they’ve never faced before. For example, when they want to change the rules, adding a third child to each family unit, and also the time of the rough plane. Because the characters in the book have no memory, they can not learn from mistakes in the past and can not actively decide anything. Furthermore in The Giver memories are a source of wisdom, but also of pain. The Giver is forbidden to share the pain he acquires through the memories with anyone else, including his spouse and his children. The weight is very difficult to bear. Jonas sees how weighed down The Giver is by some of the memories and sta... ... middle of paper ... ...under the strain of loss and pain, of losing his daughter, was unable to help his community in dealing with all the memories. However during the time when Jonas was training with him, they both come to the conclusion that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages of their elders choosing to go to sameness. The day that Jonas learns what release is he refuses to go back home. The Giver reminds him that things were once different, long, long, ago. The Giver himself had been hopeless over the possibility of change, yet being with Jonas for almost a year had caused him to reached the decision that things must somehow change. And Jonas several hours ago inadvertent had shown him a way how. My point is that The Giver several times states that there is still hope for change in the community, and in the end Jonas escaping was a symbol of hope just like Noah’s dove.
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