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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Giver - "Is the community too good to be true?"

Does Jonas' community from "The Giver" sound convincingly perfect on paper or is it the greatest example of a perfect community? All individuals are well fed, there are no plagues, there are no crimes, and no feelings. What we mean to explain by "no feelings" is that hormonal desires are suppressed by medical treatments as soon as they are discovered. Regardless of mental condition, these pills are used on everyone in the community. The freedom of choice is nonexistent in this community. An example of this is being given a job at the age of twelve by the community elders. Another example is the birthmothers giving labor to three children and then working for the rest of their lives. Those children would then be given to the community citizens. It would not work in our community because in a country like the United States, people would refuse to exchange their freedom of choice and human rights for a perfect society. -Nael Albaki, Zachary Marano, Sonny Truong

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