In "The Giver", where do you think the idea of "sameness" came from?

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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It could have come from where so many bad things do--starting out with good intentions. When there is inequality in a society, people tend to want to minimize it, and make things "fair". The Giver illustrates what happens when things are taken too far. Everything is the same for everyone in Jonas' society, even down to the one girl/one boy per "family"--and since there could be some natural parents that care for their children more than others, do you think that has something to do with why people don't raise their own children? What else is held the same for everyone in Jonas' world?

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teach2know | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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I think the idea of Sameness came from the Elders in the community to keep "bad things" from happening.  The Elders want a strict sense of unity (hence the Utopia) so that people cannot make decisions that would offset the balance of their one and only world.

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It could have come from where so many bad things do--starting out with good intentions. When there is inequality in a society, people tend to want to minimize it, and make things "fair". The Giver illustrates what happens when things are taken too far. Everything is the same for everyone in Jonas' society, even down to the one girl/one boy per "family"--and since there could be some natural parents that care for their children more than others, do you think that has something to do with why people don't raise their own children? What else is held the same for everyone in Jonas' world?

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joe325billybob | Student | eNotes Newbie

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In terms, Jonas's community chose the path of "sameness" so "unfair" things wouldn't exist.

As an example, Jonas cant choose his partner in adult hood so the elders can choose the match least likely to get a divorce or act uncertain of eachother.

Another is job choices. If Jonas chose a job, he may choose the wrong one and have a terrible life. Instead, the elders choose the job he is best for.

Then there is sucsess. Some people might choose wrong choices and end up lest sucsessful than others. The "unfair" factor plays best here.

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