The Giver Perfect Society

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What do you think a perfect society is like? People across the world have spent ages trying to build a utopian society. The Giver, written by Lois Lowry is a story about a boy named Jonas who found out he had a special role in his society. At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas gets selected to be the Receiver of Memory, which is the most important job. Jonas meets the previous Receiver Of Memory, now called Giver, who provides Jonas with memories of all sort; pain, happiness, sorrow, and death. As he experiences these memories, Jonas longed for a world where he was free and could share memories with his family and friends. In the book, we discover that a “perfect society” is not as good as it sounds. Because of Sameness, there was no color, no feelings, and no choices.

Nobody in the Giver had feelings. This is because
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“His childhood, his friendships, his carefree sense of security-all that seemed to be slipping away from him.” This quote was said when Jonas was sick of not being able to share his memories. None of his peers of parents could understand what he was going through. “He felt such love for Asher and Fiona, but he knew they couldn’t feel it back, without the memories.” This made Jonas desperate for change. He felt as if everybody should feel for each other. The Giver and Jonas made made a plan to get the memories back.

The Giver is a book where everybody is equal and only has one or a group of people who has absolute power. Another story with a similar case is Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In both cases, the stories take place in a so called “perfect society.” There are many strict rules and one citizen who rises above others. In The Giver, Jonas is special and in Harrison Bergeron, it is Harrison Bergeron. In Harrison Bergeron everyone is handicapped to be equal. Harrison Bergeron, however, was too strong for the handicaps and broke

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