Explain what Lois Lowry is trying to say regarding change in society and in individuals in The Giver.
Many authors deal with the theme of change in their novels. In The Giver, Lois Lowry also addresses this issue primarily through Jonas's changing character. Using Jonas as your central piece of evidence, explain what Lowry is trying to say regarding change in society and in individuals.
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There is a lot you could say about this question, so allow me to give you some introductory thoughts that will hopefully allow you to shape your own response. We are presented with a society which is deliberately designed to stay the same. The number of births are carefully controlled and all citizens, when puberty begins, must take drugs to suppress their passions and desires. Anybody who defies the law of this community is "released" or put to death. Likewise, anyone who does not fit the norms of this society is "released" such as twins or those who are disabled. This is what Jonas realises when he begins his training as the next Keeper of Memories. What happens within Jonas is that he recognises within himself values and beliefs that stand in direct defiance to the values and beliefs of his world and his community. However, he realises that he, by himself, is unable to change his world. His gradual increasing awareness of the realities of his situation and his community culminate in his decision to leave it with Gabriel to prevent his death at the hands of his father. Having identified that he does not and cannot ascribe to the same beliefs as his community, and having no possibility of changing it, he can only remove himself from it.
Thus this situation says a lot about the nature of society and how often as individuals we grow and position ourselves against the aspects of our society that we cannot agree with.
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