How is the world of the book The Giver related to ours?

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Euphemisms for conformity and tragic situations such as death and mental handicaps, etc. abound in The Giver as well as in modern society. "Political correctness" and "Conventional Wisdom"  (both really oxymorons) are the mind control of the real world of USA.  The castigation of the liberal elite of university's professors' for their students who...

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Euphemisms for conformity and tragic situations such as death and mental handicaps, etc. abound in The Giver as well as in modern society. "Political correctness" and "Conventional Wisdom"  (both really oxymorons) are the mind control of the real world of USA.  The castigation of the liberal elite of university's professors' for their students who dissent are backward and ignorant is a type of mind control. (Time or Newsweek or the like published an article on how Conservative students were failed on tests, etc. at certain colleges--these articles can be found in their archives.)

 

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There are a lot of clues in the book that the community might have come from ours.  They use many of the same words, though often in different ways.  They have months, just as we do, and they even have the same names.  People also have simialr names to ours.

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On a superficial level, there are some similarities - children go to school and have recess, adults have jobs. More significant, even at this level, are the differences between our society and the community described in the book - lifelong jobs are assigned by the committee of elders, thought control is medically enhanced, relationships between individuals are strictly platonic at all age levels.

On a deeper level, there have been and are groups of people and even some countries that work very hard to exclude all outside influence by severely restricting movement of citizens and controlling communications or contact with others. There have been and are examples of doctor-assisted suicide that could be seen as paralleling the Rite of Passage and Releasing Room experience of the elderly in the community. The treatment of the twin who was not thriving would probably be considered murder by our world. There have been and are groups of people in which a few leaders exert tremendous control over the lives of their followers through indoctrination techniques that can lead to unquestioning obedience as the leaders make all decisions.

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