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What is Elsewhere in Lois Lowry's The Giver?

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Elsewhere is an ambiguous term used to keep citizens in the dark about what happens when someone is "released" from the community. Both Elsewhere and "release" are coverup words. They cover up the truth about the murder of innocent children and the elderly, which is done all in the name of population control. Elsewhere is also used to cover up where people go after they are executed for breaking the rules. For example, when a pilot breaks the rules and flies over the community in chapter 1, the following announcement is made over the loudspeakers: "Needless to say, he will be released" (2). It is automatically assumed that when someone is "released," he or she also goes to Elsewhere.

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"Elsewhere" is another place that someone goes after "release". But they don't know the real meaning of "release", so they think that elsewhere is a place near their community which olders and one of twins prefers to go. However in reality, elsewhere is a place which someone goes after "death".

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