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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.
I am in the eight grade and my class has been reading this book for two months now, and I was looking for this answer and I found out that the Elders are giving the people their mates. I love this book.<3
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