What is the consequence if the rules against fighting or lying are broken?

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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is about a dystopian totalitarian society. There are strict rules, and children must learn and memorize the “Book of Rules.” There is a stringent need to adhere to the rules to avoid the punishment for infractions, and there are steep consequences for violating the rules...

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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is about a dystopian totalitarian society. There are strict rules, and children must learn and memorize the “Book of Rules.” There is a stringent need to adhere to the rules to avoid the punishment for infractions, and there are steep consequences for violating the rules against fighting or lying.

In fact, the people Jonas, the protagonist, knows in the community do not fight. The narrator says that,“their parents, of course…like all parents — all adults… didn’t fight.” The “rules governing rudeness” and other rules around language are extremely strict: “Precision of language was one of the most important tasks of small children.” Jonas himself

had been trained since earliest childhood, since his earliest learning of language, never to lie. It was an integral part of the learning of precise speech. Once, when he had been a Four, he had said, just prior to the midday meal at school, "I'm starving."

Immediately he had been taken aside…No one in the community was starving, had ever been starving, would ever be starving. To say "starving" was to speak a lie.

The author notes that “the reason for precision of language was to ensure that unintentional lies were never uttered.” The punishment for breaking the rules includes a humiliating public announcement over the loudspeaker. The child must also apologize in front of the class. Jonas’s friend Asher must “make his public apology” to the class, “as was required."

People who have three transgressions of breaking more weighty rules face the consequence of "release." Over the course of the novel, Jonas learns that being released equates to being killed.

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