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What are life lessons in The Giver?

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The Giver is reminiscent of Plato's Republic. It is a civil state that is founded on some obscure notion of Justice (not so in Plato's Republic) where all aspects of human experience and engagement are designed to keep potential conflict at bay to sustain political order and stability. Notoriously, sound judgment is impeded by the emotions, scarcity of resources, inequality, and the like. As such the lives of people are organised to optimise individual capabilities (more accurately potentialities as capability/abilities/excellences) by placing them in the most appropriate familial environment and matching them to a particular socio-professional functionary role in the state/community.

The protagonist, Jonas , revolts once he discovers the poetic beauty in the full-range of human experience for which he previously took daily inhibitors to suppress. This awoken his passions, sexual appetites and desires. And indeed, despair and frustration were soon to follow, as was the realisation that the...

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