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.

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Dystopia Definition & Characteristics

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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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The Giver Dystopia | The Giver Lesson Plans | Dystopia Definition & meaning | Dystopian books and society | Propaganda

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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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