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

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The Man vs. Technology conflict that is present throughout the novel concerns Jonas's struggle to live in a society where he can authentically experience life as intended and prevent innocent, defenseless citizens from being released. Jonas's community is founded on the concepts of Sameness and scientists have genetically altered the citizens to appear the same and have limited senses. Advanced technology has also been utilized to alter the environment and landscape significantly to ensure the citizens' stability and safety. In addition to altering citizens' genes and substantially changing the environment, the Committee of Elders also requires each citizen of age to take pills to suppress the Stirrings and warrants the release of certain citizens.

Advanced technology plays a significant role in shaping Jonas's community to be completely comfortable, mundane, and safe. However, Jonas rebels against these changes in order to experience life as it was originally intended. Jonas wishes that...

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