What are some parallels to our own society in relation to The Giver?

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You can also explore the idea of Communism in relation to The Giver . In the book, the community operates on "sameness" where everyone is equal and the same. There are many countries and communities in our world today that try to achieve this idea of sameness by operating under...

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You can also explore the idea of Communism in relation to The Giver. In the book, the community operates on "sameness" where everyone is equal and the same. There are many countries and communities in our world today that try to achieve this idea of sameness by operating under communistic ideals.

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As I was reading this book, the theme that stood out to me as a parallel to our own society is the idea of politically-correct speech.  Too often people would rather hear euphemisms rather than honestly and openly talking about something that may be offensive to others.  This trend in our society concerns me, personally, as I don't believe people should be afraid of words - they should openly discuss what's bothering them and get it out in the open, rather than hiding behind polite speech and nice words (think of the fear everyone in the Harry Potter books has for just the word "Voldemort").

The society in "The Giver" has euphemisms for everything - "stirrings" for puberty/sexual awareness, "release" for euthanasia/execution, "elsewhere" for any place outside the confines of the society.  There is so much extreme control - completely control - over everyone's thoughts and speech that, frankly, I was frightened when I read this book.  I would hate to see our society deteriorate to the point where people are afraid to say what they think, or are even legally prohibited from saying or thinking the truth - whatever "truth" might be to each individual.

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