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The Giver is a utopian community where everything is tightly controlled. Most people seem to get around mainly by bicycle, but there are planes as well. Traveling in a plane is a rare event, and planes are kind of scary for the people of the community.
Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed. (ch 1, p. 1)
Seeing this plane gives Jonas a sickening feeling of fear, and all of the people in the Community are ordered inside. It turns out to be an accident, a fatal wrong turn taken by the pilot. Clearly, the people in the Community do not find planes entertaining.
They must also have some kind of large transportation because Lily's school group visits and is visited by another community.
In the Community, there is very little actual entertainment. Jonas’s parents caution him that he won’t play and have fun after he begins training for his career at twelve.
Jonas’s mother, who is a judge, comments that once she turned twelve playing didn’t seem important to her.
But when I entered my training for Law and Justice, I found myself with people who shared my interests. I made friends on a new level, friends of all ages. (p. 17, ch 2)
People's entertainment is basically their job.
Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
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