The Giver Prohibition Quotes

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The prohibition of feelings throughout this futuristic society appears constantly in The Giver. Even Jonas who is the receiver of memories doubts feelings due to his lack of emotions expressed. ”The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him. "There could be love", Jonas whispered.”12 This shows the desire he has to feel something emotionally even towards a baby, it also shows the small hope he has in a change in order for him to feel love. As readers, there is empathy towards Jonas and we feel entrapped and repressed of our feelings because of the decline of expression Jonas transmits to the reader. Jonas even seems to share some kind of naivety, by not knowing and being confused on what he feels. The language Jonas uses the words “could be” as a doubt, he knows there is still a chance of never feeling love. He also says it with a innocence kids posses and…show more content…
He glanced nervously at the speaker on the wall, reassuring himself that no one was listening. 'I wish we still had that,' he whispered. 'Of course,' he added quickly, 'I do understand that it wouldn't work very well. And that it's much better to be organised the way we are now. I can see that it was a dangerous way to live.’13 Jonas believes love is not to be felt however, we can see the society has manipulated his thoughts into thinking love “is a dangerous way to live.” This is a way the society has repressed love in order to live in a “perfect world.” Love brings negative consequences like heartbreak or loss, but also gives optimism and pure happiness, therefore love in humans is an important feeling, when love is controlled most feelings are lost; a utopia is created because of the lack of love and the result of this is a emotionless world. Nobody fights for their feelings or their thoughts. Creating an entrapment through an

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