Many things are missing from the community: colors,music,choice,feelings,pain. Do you think the community lead a richer or poorer life? Many things are missing from the community:...

Many things are missing from the community: colors,music,choice,feelings,pain. Do you think the community lead a richer or poorer life?

Many things are missing from the community: colors,music,choice,feelings,pain. what do u think does the community lead a richer or poorer life?  

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think a really good passage to look at is the passage in Chapter 16 where Jonas asks his parents if they love him. They laugh at him and tell him that "love" is a meaningless concept. To me, a society without love is not worth living in. Even though there is no war or pain, these negative emotions make positive ones possible. Just as there is no pain, there is no love or joy, and these are emotions that make life worth living.

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mikkiblack | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The answer to your question would depend upon what you are comparing Jonah's community to.

Even if you're comparing to modern America, there are many different levels of comfort in our lives.

Can you be more specific?

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kwise321 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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The Giver presents a world in which everyone is entirely secure -- everyone is guaranteed health care, employment that is chosen exactly to fit their abilities, and even family units that are precisely ordered by community standards.  In many ways, this is a standard of life that is upheld as the ideal in political and social theory.  What's missing is, as slchanmo1885 says, "love," and everything that goes with it: passion, heartbreak, struggle, disappointment, discomfort, joy, and exhilaration.  The people in The Giver have traded in the spectrum of human emotions for sedate satisfaction.  The fact that they all live in a world without colors makes the argument even more extreme: there's no art in this community, because they don't have the capability to see it!  Art is always a symbol of the struggle to excape the boundaries of our limited consciousness of what it means to be human, and the absence of art or creativity shows a group of people tragically sapped of an essential component of humanity.

All of which is just to say that I think the community lives a poorer life.

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anna4u | eNotes Newbie

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The question that I asked is about Jonah's ommunity. Does the community lead a richer or poorer life because of this? (because all the thing that missing there...)

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