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What examples of euphemism are in the book "The Giver"?

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paola199512 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM via web

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What examples of euphemism are in the book "The Giver"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM (Answer #1)

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The Guide to Literary Terms defines "euphemism" as

the use of an indirect, mild, delicate, inoffensive, or vague word or expression for one thought to be coarse, sordid, or otherwise unpleasant, offensive, or blunt.

A few of the euphemisms used in The Giver are

  • release--a euphemism for "mercy" killing, or euthanasia. Babies that are deemed inadequate and elderly people are "released"
  • stirrings--a euphemism for puberty, when young people begin to have sexual desires; these are suppressed with drugs
  • Elsewhere--a euphemism for where people go when they are released; death
  • capacity to see beyond--the ability to see colors

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