The Giver Dystopia

The Giver Dystopia
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The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Jonas is a typical 11 year old who lives in a seemingly perfect community. There is little pain, and no crime. People are polite, and everyone belongs to a supportive family. However this utopia comes at a price; there are no choices, emotions are forbidden, and life in the community is dictated by strict rules. In this society, Elders match spouses, and assign children to them before birth. Everyone looks similar in skin color and dress. Everyone in the community is also assigned a job.

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Dystopia Definition & Characteristics

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

We all dream of perfection: the carefully honed physicality and skill of an olympic athlete; the perfect family meal, like a Norman Rockwell painting; the perfectly harmonious society, with everyone happily going about their lives. But perfection comes at a cost, and remains perpetually out of reach. This contradiction is just one of the reasons dystopias have captivated readers of all ages. The idea of a utopia, juxtaposed with the stark reality that it can never exist, makes a compelling setting for social commentary and critique.

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  • Take these pills dear, they will stop your 'stirrings'.
  • We have selected carefully, and watched over each one of you to ensure that you have been chosen for the right occupation.
  • The Elders can listen and speak everywhere.
  • "This is a reminder that 8's cannot ride bicycles, please report yourself for apology."
  • Dreams are suppressed through medication.
  • Elders are revered and chosen to make decisions that are best for the community.
  • Jonas, you cannot use the word starving. That is a lie. You have never starved and will never know what that is.
  • Examples of Dystopia in "The Giver"
  • It's not right or fair! Everyone should have choices... Whether its the red or blue tunic, or who they should marry!
  • Although everyone is happy, Jonas stresses that because they live in ignorance, their society is far from perfect.
  • All houses are the same, inside and out!
  • Choices are taken away from the people for fear that they cannot handle the consequences.
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