In The Giver by Lois Lowry, how do other communities differ?

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The community Jonas belongs to in The Giver is unique. It is entirely planned and socialist. Everyone works for the good of the community in jobs a group of elders assigns them. The work is not necessarily all equal, like being a birth-giver (which eventually leads to hard labor after you give birth), but everyone seems content with what they do. In the community, there are no strong emotions, limited sexuality, non-genetic family units, and strange social dynamics. People take pills to help regulate their urges and feelings, and if someone is deemed too weak, they are “released” from the community (this means they’re executed).

Other communities do exist in The Giver— which is why Jonas has to be the receiver of memories. He and the Giver share the responsibility of holding the entire collective memory of all people in their community. However, the memories he eventually holds are of places, people, and feelings that exist outside of their...

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