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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cool or a Place for a Fool?

     While reading The Giver up to chapter 10 I realised that this community is equal, and organised but also very unaware of what's beyond their boundaries. Through out the book, there are many examples of equality, such as on page 50 through 58 when the children turn 12 and all receive a job no matter how advanced or lacking you are. Second, this society is very organised. For example on page 50 the entire community enters the auditorium and the now exactly where the are supposed to be seated since every one is given a identification number when they are born. "They were arranged by their original numbers P.50." The most obvious sign of the society being very organised is their daily routine. Starring on page 26 the book reveals a bit about the communities daily routine, "He didn't often do his volunteer hours with his friend because Asher frequently fooled around and made serious work a little difficult. But now, with Twelve coming so soon and the volunteer hours ending, it didn't seem to matter." I do believe that the government from the Giver are trying their best to protect their population by organising them and creating equality.
       Even though the society is very organised and equal the government does seem to be hiding what hides outside their comfort zone or any history of their ancestors. For instance, in the beginning of the book Jonas is reflecting on the situation he is going through that minute, "Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice  He had seen it both times...IMMEDIATELY, the rasping voice through the speakers had said. LEAVE YOUR BICYCLES WHERE THEY ARE... within minutes the speaker had crackled again , and the voice, reassuring now and less urgent , had explained that a Pilot-in-Training had misread the navigational instructions...NEEDLESS TO SAY, HE WILL BE RELEASED... there was an ironic to that <final message. P.1-2" This gives me the feeling that the government isn't honest or just doesn't know what this plane was doing or what its purpose was to frighten the community. Even though this event can't go unseen I can't blame the government for not telling the truth since they don't know anything about the world beyond their walls. The only one who might know would be, "The Receiver of Memory"The government doesn't just hide the real world from their people but also from themselves by not being honest and just "assuming" that their lives are perfect not wanting to know any thing about the outside world.

1 comment:

  1. Rens,
    Your blogpost was very enjoying to read.
    I agree with your ideas when you say that organizing the citizens is the best way to protect them. I think it was a very good catch from you because you noticed that so early in the book. But I also disagree (politely) when you say that the government is not honest. To keep organization in a way this community had, every one had to be honest. If every one told their dreams in the morning there would be no exception for the community leaders (Only for the Giver and the Receiver). But, after all great word choice and ideas. You were able to fully express what you were thinking until chapter 10. Good job!

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