Rules in the book "The Giver"Explain a rule that you find the most ridiculous in Jonas's Community. Give examples on why you chose it. 

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The rules of the society of Lois Lowry's The Giver are ridiculous, or preposterous, if one considers what it means to be fully human. In this futuristic society, the rules are made much as they are in the New World of Brave New World, for the purpose of control and social order.  However, these regulations deny the humanity of the people by taking away the natural hormonal urges to love and to delight in the opposite sex; people are further dehumanized by the lack of freedom of choice as their careers in life are assigned to them. Above all else, their freedom of thought is denied.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Personally, I don't think the rules are ridiculous.  They may be oppressive and inhuman, but they are not ridiculous.  All of the rules serve a definite purpose in their society.  They all help to ensure that the society will experience sameness and stability.  The rules are over the top for sure, but so is the idea of a society that has such complete conformity.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the worse rule is that two babies who are born identical twins cannot both live.  This is the most horrifying of the rules to me.  They have to weigh both babies and kill the smaller one.  How arbitrary.  This, of course, is that rule that leads both Jonas and the reader to realize the dark side of the Community.

dasnczeng | Student

In my opinion, the most ridiculous rule is that pills must be taken when "Stirrings" occur.  I think that it is absolutely horrible if human emotions are not allowed.  These people are being controlled and they are not fully humane if they are denied the freedom to have emotions.  Then again since this a utopian society, emotions are not allowed.

jattput | Student

Personally, I don't think the rules are ridiculous.  They may be oppressive and inhuman, but they are not ridiculous.  All of the rules serve a definite purpose in their society.  They all help to ensure that the society will experience sameness and stability.  The rules are over the top for sure, but so is the idea of a society that has such complete conformity.

Since you don't think any rules are ridiculous what rules would you change if you had to. For example i think that taking pills to control our feelings is ridiculous as it it a part of growing up. We should be allowed to feel them as they are natural. This was one rule that i would change. Taking away the pill for teenagers. Hope this helps:) Now what do you think? 

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