In The Giver by Lois Lowry why is there no weather or animals?In Jonas's community, he doesn't have any weather, animals, or even sunlight. I know its mostly symbolic, but can anyone think of any...

In The Giver by Lois Lowry why is there no weather or animals?

In Jonas's community, he doesn't have any weather, animals, or even sunlight. I know its mostly symbolic, but can anyone think of any actual way they could have done this.

The animals- I guess they could have put some kind of animal repellent around the communities. But the weather and sunlight has me stumped. They're not underground- Jonas would have figured that out when he left, and there is also that time that Jonas briefly felt the warmth of the sun (towards the end of chapter 13, page 106). I considered some kind of dome over the community (like in the Truman Show) but that doesn't work either. 1-Jonas would have had to leave it when he left, and 2- the dome wouldn't have let him feel the sun's warmth.

Does anyone else have any ideas? Thanks for your help.

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Lowry is intentionally vague about how the community has accomplished its pretty amazing technological feats.  Clearly, they have solved the hunger problem by limiting the population.  They prevent irregularities in the food supply by regulating the weather.  It also makes sure everyone is always completely comfortable.  The book does not say how the weather is regulated, but we do know that it is a local phenomenon.  It does not extend to Elsewhere (unless you believe that Jonas is delirious during that journey).  I imagine they must use some kind of system of mirrors to control the sunlight.

This does not discount the possibility of a dome.  Jonas may have still been in the dome.  The weather patterns might be controlled, to make him think he was Elsewhere.  The geography might differ at the outskirts of the dome to make it harder for people to survive to the edge.

A steep hill loomed ahead. In the best of conditions, the hill would have been a difficult, demanding ride.  (ch 23, p. 176).

Eliminating animals would be easier.  Obviously they could also be kept out of the dome.  An electric fence is also a possibility.  They might also simply be extinct, except for fish.

 

 

Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book) (p. 176). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

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