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furrysh0ts | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2009 at 6:07 AM via web

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Why was it important for the community in "The Giver" to have a person who could “see beyond”?

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dalepowell1962 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Giver, the Chief Elder tells the crowd that the Receiver has told the committee of Elders that the new receiver must have the capacity to see beyond.  She openly states that she does not know what it is.  Jonas has been seeing slight glimpses of color in this black and white world and he tells the crowd (once he has been selected) that he thinks what he sees is beyond.

As it turns out, he is partially correct.  To put in modern terms, Jonas has the ability to see "outside of the box".  He can see beyond what is his reality and imagine another world- a world that is totally different from his own.  Perhaps more importantly than his vision, seeing beyond refers to his thinking and his ability to grasp concepts beyond that which he has been taught and trained.

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yesimlaren | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM (Answer #2)

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It will help them decide the right thing. The Giver actually is the one who has all the wisdom, knowledge and memories. So, it makes him the one who will be called first when there is a problem. If an example is needed we can say that when the people in community wanted 3 newborns in each family the elders thought there was nothing wrong with it but when they asked the giver he said more babies leads to more people and more people leads to less food and this brings starvation. He couldn’t tell this if he didn’t have the memory. So, the receiver has a very important role in the community and is the most respected job in there.

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