In The Giver by Lois Lowry, how does Larissa describe the process of Roberto's release?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In The Giver, Larissa, who is one of the Old in the community, describes to Jonas Roberto's release as "wonderful" (Lowry 31). She describes it as a kind of celebration of Roberto's accomplishments, as an Instructor, an important committee member, a landscape designer for a plaza, and a parent. This seems to be "the telling of his life" (32). She tells Jonas there is a toast and an anthem chanted.  Roberto made "a lovely good-bye speech" (32), and then various individuals made speeches to him, "wishing him well" (32). After bowing, Roberto walked through a door to the Releasing Room. She characterized the look on his face as he goes as "pure happiness" (32). That is all Larissa is able to share, since only a special committee is present in the Releasing Room. On the face of it, this sounds like a lovely way to celebrate a life.  But as Jonas learns from the Giver, this ceremony is a prelude to euthanasia.  

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