Does anyone know some good quotes on sameness in The Giver?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As Chapter 12 of The Giver is ending, Jonas has just received the memory of the color red. He loves the beauty of the color and asks the Giver about color, why it has disappeared in the Community. The Giver explains that giving up color (and many other things) was a deliberate choice for the Community.  Giving up these things was the beginning of Sameness. He says, "We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others" (95). The Giver is trying to explain that Sameness was meant to be a trade off, so that the Community would be free of pain, safe from all possible harm, have perfect climate control, and an orderly existence.  Jonas, at this point, begins to wonder if this was such a good trade off, and in the next chapter, he is wondering even more. 

In Chapter 13, Jonas is still working on acquiring the sense of color from the Giver. He is impatient to acquire all the colors and be able to maintain them in his mind and eyes, something that is going to take him some time to do.  He wants them immediately and says it's not fair that there is no color.  The Giver asks him what he means, and Jonas replies, "If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!" (97). Jonas is starting to understand that Sameness, which is all he has ever known, is depriving him and everyone else of choices.  The seed of doubt that was planted is beginning to grow now, until it reaches the point at which Jonas realizes that trading all of life's ups and downs for Sameness is a poor sort of bargain. 

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