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Name three problems from our society that the committee of elders has solved.How has...

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radnada | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2008 at 9:55 AM via web

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Name three problems from our society that the committee of elders has solved.

How has "committe of elders" solved the problems of war, disease, poverty, and starvation?

How/why the society functions the way it does.

I also want to know a few examples related to rules, sameness, color, weather, elsewhere, love, personal freddom

and 3 problems that have been eliminated or solved.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM (Answer #1)

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The Committee of Elders has solved several of our society’s problems with rules.  First of all, they assign jobs to children when they turn twelve and train them carefully until they are ready to take on the full responsibility.  As a result, there is no unemployment.  The rules also ensure that anyone who makes a mistake three times will be Released, or killed, so there is no incompetence.

Another problem the Committee of Elders has solved is hunger.  The Community carefully regulates the environment.  All the land is flat and there is no weather.  Everyone is given exactly how much food they need, and there are rules against taking home extra food.  Jonas is reprimanded for taking home the apple he saw change.

A third problem the Committee of Elders solved is violence.  There is no emotion in the Community.  From a young age, children are taught to describe their feelings and let them go.  The rules require them to tell their feelings in a nightly ritual.  They even take pills to prevent Stirrings, or sexual feelings.  There is no passion, so there is no violence.

The society in the Community functions as it does so no one ever has to feel anything.  Discomfort of any kind is carefully prevented.

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eboyas | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 26, 2008 at 8:36 PM (Answer #2)

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You will not be able to understand the book unless you read it thoroughly.

 No one can tell you how or why the society functions the way it does or whether the committee of elders has solved their problems. Lois Lowry said in her Newberry Medal award speech that she was purposely vague at times so that YOU could draw your own conclusions.

Also, if you read the book, you will find that there are MANY examples related to rules, sameness etc...

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