Reflective Essay On The Giver

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“The giver” is written from the point of view of Jonas, an eleven-year-old boy living in a futuristic society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred. There is no prejudice, because everyone looks and acts essentially the same and everyone is unmistakably polite. The society has also eliminated any form of choice: at the age of twelve every member of the community is assigned a job based on their abilities and interests. Marriage is also controlled, as citizens had to apply for compatible spouses. When their children are grown, family units disperse and adults live together with Childless Adults until they are too old to function in the society. Then they are finally “released” from the society. In the community, release is death, but it is never described that way; most people think that after release, newchildren and joyful elderly people are welcomed into the vast “area” of Elsewhere that surrounds the communities. Citizens who break rules or fail to adapt to the society’s codes of behavior are also released, though it is of great shame. Jonas lives with his father, a...
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