The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Would you like to live in a community where there is no freedom and is full of

safety? In the book The Giver, Lois Lowry shows that freedom is worthier than safety

when Jonas (main character) learns that the people in the community have no

emotions. He witnesses this when Jonas’s father release’s (kills) the baby twin. She

argues that freedom is more important than safety when Jonas notes that all the people

in the community are clueless. Lowry shows the danger in having no freedom when

Jonas learns that the people don’t think for themselves and have their life planned out

for them. This relates to how we have the NSA today. They are often looking at our

personal information and often don’t tell us what other things they are up too.

To start off, Lowry show how choices are very important in the scenes where

Jonas’s dad releases the baby twin. In this community the people don’t have a mind of

their own, which means they have no choices so that it is safer. “Our people made that

choice, the choice to go to Sameness” (96). Sameness is where they made the decision

to have all the people look the same, be the same, and think the same. The community

has successfully train everyone so that they don’t make choices of their own. In other

words their life is planned out. The reason the community was afraid that the people

would make choices of their own is because of the chance of wrong choices. Therefore

the people might cause havoc with wrong choices. In this passage Jonas learns why the

community was afraid of choices. “Once he had yearned for choice. Then, when he has

had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was

starving" (174). As shown here, Jonas thinks that he h...

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... what they do. The NSA has given the USA lots of safety but taken a big chunk of the

freedom. This relates to Lois Lowry’s theme that the people should have freedom over


To conclude, the people should have freedom be the first thing the government

takes in hand and safety the second. Lowry’s point about how freedom is more worthy

than safety matters in our world today because of what
(NSA) is doing today. Therefore we should have safety in this

world but to a certain degree so that it won’t overcome our freedom. “The only way to

deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an

act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus

Works Cited

"Secrets, Lies, and American Spies." The Economist, 15 June 2013. Web.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Print.
"The Giver Quotes." BookRags. N.p., n.d. Web.
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