Can you tell me all about "Amish"? How do they alter their members' lifestyles to distort the actual reality of the society around them?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like the community in The Giver, Amish people live apart from the rest of society. However, they have chosen to do for for religious reasons and not as a way to manipulate people's lives and distort reality. The Amish are a conservative religious sect who have decided to live a "simple" life by spurning modern ways and dress. The Old Order Amish dress in clothing that looks like it came right out of the 18th and 19th centuries. They wear dark colors and keep their heads covered, men with hats, women with bonnets. They do not use electricity, drive cars, or have other things most of us might think are necessary. They separate themselves from the rest of society and mostly stay contained within their community, with their own schools and churches. The best-known group of Old Order Amish in the U.S. are the Pennsylvania Dutch, a community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Unlike the people in The Giver, some Amish groups (such as Mennonites) do not physically separate themselves from the rest of the world. A Mennonite group in Lawrence County, Tennessee, has set up shops to sell quilts, canned goods, and hand-made crafts to tourists. It is not uncommon to see Mennonite women shopping in the local Walmart.