Adaptation Of The Giver

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In this paper, I will argue that the book and film adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry demonstrates the outcome of thoughtlessly following government regulations as seen in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as well as other theories he examines. The similarities between the context of The Giver and the philosophical standpoints that Pluto stands by is astounding.
The Giver follows the life of a 16-year-old boy named Jonas, who lives in a society which is greatly controlled by their community elders. This control ranges from choosing who lives, who dies, the colors people are able to see, their careers and the memories people carry with them. The society inhabitants live their lives with a sense of security, knowing that there is little to no
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He believed that it is right to use persuasion or even force to connect all inhabitants to a common goal objective. Pluto’s theory about the allegory of the cave proposes a story of a prisoner who spent their entire life underground looking only at shadows and was one day released to see the true full figures which once created those shadows on the wall. This would be astonishing to him and if he were to them return to the cave and try to explain what he had seen, the other prisoners would simply think he had gone mad due to his difficulty in understanding the shapes on the walls and conveying his experiences to the group. A continuation to this story would be that those same prisoners be brought into the light, and realize that the character which was enlightened before them was indeed right all along. According the Twelve Theories of Human Nature, Pluto also focused on the need to focus on the entire community prospering rather than the happiness of an individual. He believed that people should be separated into three major categories, the rulers, the soldiers and the famers, merchants and other people. He believed that if these groups were in place and everyone performed their roles without trying to take over anyone else’s position, that justice and the success of a human society would be …show more content…
We examined the extreme similarities in Pluto’s allegory of the cave and the resident’s eyes being opened (once they exiting the cave) and the similarities in Plato wanting control many aspects of people’s lives including assigning jobs such as birthing children and separating them from the mother just as we have seen in Lowry’s The Giver. In conclusion, the similarities between these Lowry’s and Plato’s ideas of an ideal society are astoundingly

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