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Negative aspects of Jonas' community So far, what do you see as the negative aspects of...

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qwerty123mnbvn | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM via web

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Negative aspects of Jonas' community So far, what do you see as the negative aspects of Jonas' community? Explain using concrete detail and commentary.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM (Answer #2)

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You say "so far," which implies that we're only supposed to address it up to a certain point in the book.  What point is that?

For me, the most negative aspect of Jonas's community that we see relatively early on is the lack of any true emotional connections.  The members of "families" do not really love one another.  They are sort of just together for convenience.  This sort of lack of love and other emotions seems like a major negative to me.

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qwerty123mnbvn | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM (Answer #3)

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In reply to #2: By the end of chapter 16.
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qwerty123mnbvn | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM (Answer #4)

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I find this question to be really hard to answer when I have to find commentary.
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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM (Answer #5)

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The most salient effect of the community of Jonas is the dehumanizing of the people. Teens take a pill to deaden the erotic urges natural to people; the children are compartimentalized with numbers; they are given bicycles at a certain age, their hair is worn in a uniform style at certain ages, and life vocations are chosen for them by the higher authorities.  Clearly, there is no development of individuality.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Answer #6)

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The inability to choose one's true love for a spouse; the inability to choose one's profession freely; the inability to come and go freely; and the inability to speak one's mind freely are just a few of the drawbacks of Jonas's world.

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a19360 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:58 AM (Answer #7)

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The main negative aspect in the Community is that people are robotic and practical.

This is both positive and negative really.

It is a good thing because it makes the Community very productive and orderly; but it is not a good thing because then there would really be no point of living. 

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