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In the book The Giver, how is it finding a mate in Jonas society different from finding...

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stephanie1396 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 4, 2009 at 4:59 AM via web

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In the book The Giver, how is it finding a mate in Jonas society different from finding a mate in our society?

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stkd | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 4, 2009 at 8:08 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Giver, there is a Committee of Elders that decides the husband-wife pairings for the community.  A list of characteristics for each person is considered, and people are matched by the committee according to what appears to be the greatest chance of compatibility.  There is no mention of divorce or separation in The Giver.

This is quite different from modern day society, where each person is free to find their own mate through the trial-and-error system of dating.  Our society is also different because some of our attraction is fueled by sexuality and hormones, while in The Giver sexuality is negated and procreation is not a part of a marriage.

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