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In chapter 12 of The Giver, the Giver revealed that he agreed with Jonas about sameness. Which statement in the chapter shows his dislike of it? Which statement shows the opposing views?

The Giver agrees with Jonas about the downsides of sameness, mainly the loss of beauty found in things like color. Jonas says that the red is beautiful and is certain that the community should not have erased color. The Giver concurs: "You've come very quickly to that conclusion ... It took me many years." The Giver believes color to be beautiful but also acknowledges the advantages of sameness, which gives them stability and tranquility.

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In chapter 12, we first know that the Giver agrees with Jonas in disliking sameness when the Giver simply responds "it is" after Jonas expresses his appreciation of the beauty of the color red. In this chapter, Jonas has just understood for the first time what color is, and he immediately wants to know why everyone can't see it. Through the Giver's statement, we see that he too appreciates the beauty of color and of differences.

The Giver tries to explain further, giving Jonas an even-handed explanation of the situation in the community, laying out the facts for him. He explains that the people of the community made the choice to go to sameness a long time ago, and that they got rid of color, sunshine, and differences in order to have greater control over things. He further explains that the community had to let go of some things in order to gain that control. The Giver is trying to give Jonas an understanding of what happened to the community without expressing his opinions, but Jonas...

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