In The Giver, why does the community have release?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The community in which Jonas and the others lives is based upon sameness - all residents conform in all ways of life, thought, activity level, and everything else. The community can not and will not deal with individuals who break the rules or have exceptional needs or in some other way do not conform to the expectations of the group.

"Release" is the name for the process that eliminates nonconformist individuals from the community. In some cases, release is a beautiful thing. Larissa was greatly moved by the dignity and the serenity of Roberto's release celebration.

He just bowed to all of us and then walked, like they all do, through the special door in the Releasing Room. But you should have seen his look. Pure happiness, I’d call it.

Other releases are not for such tranquil reasons. The pilot of the jet that mistakenly flew over the community was released after his navigational error. Gabe was in danger of being released because he wasn't growing and maturing at the expected speed.

Release allowed the community to continue to function as it had chosen to do.

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One memorie is about the red slead and that helped him escape the community.  

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