In The Giver, what things did the people gain control of (e.g., the weather) and what things did they let go of (e.g., the sunshine)?

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The Giver by Lois Lowry is about a futuristic dystopian planned society that has attempted to eliminate most of the ills that society encounters. In order to do that and gain control of certain elements, such as the weather, the society also has to make sacrifices. In other words, they have to give up certain things such as the sunshine, as well as colors, memories, and physical intimacy. In exchange, they gain "sameness."

We know some of the things that the society sacrificed when Jonas escapes from his community and tries to get to a place that is not a controlled society. The author writes,

Jonas ... realized at the same time that he was encountering something he had for a long time yearned to see: hills. ...

And the weather was changing. It rained for two days. Jonas had never seen rain, though he had experienced it often in the memories.

Jonas had never seen hills before. While it is possible that his community is situated on the plains and that is why there are no hills, it seems more...

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