What have you found so far that The Giver's society suppresses?
The society where Jonas lives in The Giver is one where behaviors are closely regulated. Rigid rules dictate the lives of almost all the citizens. There are scores of behaviors that are suppressed due to the rules of the society. Here are a few of those behaviors highlighted below:
- Jobs, spouses, and children are assigned rather than chosen.
- Citizens are monitored in public to ensure acceptable behavior. Sameness is emphasized.
- Community-wide meetings are held and attendance is required.
- Any sort of sexual desires (also called "the stirrings") are suppressed with medication. Spousal relationships are platonic.
- The Giver and the Receiver are the only two people who are allowed to keep memories of history and of life outside of the Community.
- The rules of the Community dictate when a person is "released" (euthanized). There are criteria which dictate when a person's life should end.
These are just a few of the ways that the society suppresses behavior in the community.