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What are three specific examples from The Giver that make it dystopian?

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1. Citizens lack individuality and have restricted rights in Jonas's community. The Committee of Elders regulates virtually every aspect of society and makes significant decisions regarding a person's marriage, family, and occupation. Citizens in Jonas's society have no individual rights and cannot make independent decisions. Their entire lives are subjected to the needs and wishes of the Committee of Elders.

2. Citizens are subjected to corporal punishment and risk being "released" after three transgressions. Jonas recalls witnessing his friend Asher being physically punished as a child for mispronouncing a word multiple times, and the pilot at the beginning of the novel is murdered by the State for accidentally flying the plane over the community. Underdeveloped or unhealthy infants and the elderly are also euthanized in Jonas's dystopian...

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