The Giver Literary Analysis

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The world in The Giver by Lois Lowry is a dystopia because all emotion is eliminated. Specifically, people cannot appreciate and respect things as much as you do after the hardships of a war. After Jonas receives the memory of love and experiences it for the first time he becomes very emotional. He decides to ask his ‘parents’ if they love him. His parent’s response is, “‘Precision of language, please!’ [...] ‘Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it’s become almost obsolete’” (120). This means that people in The Community have completely and utterly eliminated the meaning of love and any feelings that are left of it. This is key to be able to understand that emotion is totally non-existent in The Community. Through…show more content…
They do not have passion towards anything so there is not a difference if everybody just dies. When Jonas receives the first real memory of war, he is traumatized by the things that have happened by the end of the war. After seeing multiple deaths Jonas experiences, “The cries of wounded men, the cries begging for water and for mother and for death. [...] He lay there in the fearsome stench for hours, listened to the men and animals die, and learned what warfare meant.” (113-114). The author describes a time of the civil war without peace and minimal harmony. Although, at first thought this seems like a terrible thing, it can be looked at in a very positive way. Learning what warfare is helps you in so much more than just learning that two sides fight. When you learn what warfare is, you’re also learning how to appreciate the other things in life. In this passage you see that Jonas is suffering greatly from what is going on; which most commonly will be looked at as a negative thing; but now he will be able to have greater appreciation towards peoples bodies and know that war-simulating games are not okay and that if people

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