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What are some examples of control within the community in The Giver?

Examples of control within the community in The Giver are that when people enter the workforce, they are not free to choose their paths, which are determined for them by the community Elders, nor are people free to have children or use language that violates strict rules. The weather is also controlled, so the climate is always temperate, and colors have been eliminated.

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Jonas's highly structured, oppressive society is founded on the principles of Sameness, which dramatically alter the environment, restrict citizens' personal freedoms, and completely eliminate individuality in favor of conformity. The ruling Committee of Elders controls virtually every aspect of society and prevents citizens from exercising their independence. The committee controls society by determining the birth rate, selecting what citizens will be released, matching spouses, organizing family units, and determining each citizen's occupation. Essentially, citizens are prohibited from making significant life choices and must obey the committee's decisions. They lack all personal agency and must follow their selected path in life in order to avoid being released.
The committee also controls the citizens by regulating language. In Jonas's community, precise language is mandatory and citizens are punished for using incorrect grammar or exaggerating. By limiting language, the committee...

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