How realistic is the novel? Could that society exist?How realistic is the novel? Could that society exist?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We are closer and closer to this anesthesized society all the time. Through the media, people are told what to think and denied information that may cause stirrings of hatred or discontent.  More and more people want a "nanny government" that will take care of them. After 9/11, for instance, Congress passed the Patriot Act because people just wanted to be "safe" whereas this same bill under another name previously did not pass.  Even the highest ranking political figure of America talks of "everyone getting their [sic] fair share."  How realistic is it?  Very.  But, the controlling of sexual urges is unrealistic. More realistic is the usage of sex to distract from thinking of other things and to de-individualize as Aldous Huxley depicts it in his Brave New World.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There have been plenty of governments that have tried to control everything their people do.  We are also getting closer and closer to filming every move people make.  We can't control the weather yet, but we might be able to some day.  I heard a recent news report about mirrors in space.  As we learn more about the human genome, we may be able to create a genetically-prescribed race.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Why is it that someone always wants to control other people all the way into their homes, thoughts, and even their bodies!?  I was horrified to find out that the "parents" gave children pills to supress their "stirrings." Knowledge and education should be first and foremost in any society's life because that is how people learn to control themselves. It seems like The Giver is an example of growing up under a house of lies and denial, but don't we have that in our society today, too?  We think The Giver's society is outrageous until we truly examine our own as compared to it; once that happens, then the author has succeeded in addressing issues that are commonly found in the Human Condition. Bravo! Even if stories like this make me uncomfortable, they can teach so much about who we are or who we could be if we don't watch out.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, not the way it literally is.  I mean, I don't think that we will ever be able to control the weather.  And Jonas doesn't even know what a hill is.  So that kind of thing is completely out of the question.

As far as the more psychological aspects, I don't think they could exist to that extent.  It's hard to imagine families being created the way theirs are, for example.  But I think the point is not that it could actually exist but that our desire to have certainty and stability can have negative consequences.

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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I remember reading this novel made me shiver. I don't think the book can literally be said that it will exist, as the world cannot be grey to some and colourful to others without an abundance of genetic mutations and alterations. However, the theme of 'Communism' might. It is possible that humanity may turn back to communism, where every human is equal in all respects.

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