In the book The Giver, by Lois Lowry, in what chapter does it prove, or can I get a quote from that Jonas's community has control over memories?

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One example of how much the community controls the memories is in chapter 12The Giver is talking to Jonas about his ability to see the color red.  On page 95 the Giver tells Jonas that at one time everyone could see red but the community decided they wanted...

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One example of how much the community controls the memories is in chapter 12The Giver is talking to Jonas about his ability to see the color red.  On page 95 the Giver tells Jonas that at one time everyone could see red but the community decided they wanted sameness.

"Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness.  Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back.  We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference."

The whole purpose of the Receiver is to hold the memories that the community finds too painful, or too harmful to hold.  The memories of things like pain, war, hate, differences were all put on one man so that they wouldn't have to retain these memories.  The community now only retains one generation of memories.

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