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What is a man vs. technology conflict in Lois Lowry's The Giver?  

There are many instances of man vs. technology in Lois Lowry's The Giver. Technology controls society in various forms to allow government to spy on everyone: from using speakers to instruct and warn people throughout the day, to using planes with heat-seeking devices that track those who try to escape. Science and technology allow the government to enforce Sameness, which keeps people blinded to truth.

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Society in Lois Lowry’s The Giver is both enhanced and victimized by technology. While the community seems to be smoothly run so everyone achieves Sameness, it also is prevented from quality life and the benefit of learning from the past.

Instead of progressing, this dystopian society utilizes science and technology to keep humans at the same level by genetically engineering humans in an attempt to achieve perfection. For instance, newborns are expected to reach a certain weight and to sleep through the night at a certain point; those who do not are “labeled Inadequate and released from the community.” If twins are born, the smaller one is released. Jonas is horrified to learn that “released” means killed. Government cannot afford to have anyone in the community who is deemed inferior; it has used science and technology to create this image of perfection and it will not accept anything less than what is deemed perfect.

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