What point was the author making about utopian societies? How successful was she in getting this point across?What point was the author making about utopian societies? How successful was she...

What point was the author making about utopian societies? How successful was she in getting this point across?

What point was the author making about utopian societies? How successful was she in getting this point across?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Lowry's adolescent novel The Giver suggests the price of conformity for the sake of order.  Such a society certainly sacrifices individuality, happiness, and true humanity. In order to be "safe," the people are controlled mentally just as in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Difference is not a bad thing!  A lot of dystopias involve societies where everything is so tightly controlled that choices are made for people.  We learn in The Giver that this is not a good thing. They have taken control to a ridiculous level, to the point where there is no value for human life.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think she's trying to say that we shouldn't try for utopia.  She's trying to say that it is the conflict and the problems of human life that actually make us human.  This is a book about the idea that we should not try to have a perfect life or a perfect society because it's our problems and our uncertainties that make us human.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I believe that Lowry's novel, The Giver, was making the point that utopian societies are really like any other underneath--that utopian societies don't really exist even if we wish they would.  She was quite successful, I think, or the book would not provoke the questions and interpretations it has.  I also think it is a current book as we watch many countries in the "Arab Spring" change their governments.  The biggest question for them is what will they change it to?  The Giver is a book which asks some of the same questions.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Even in what are meant to be the most perfect worlds, leaders lie; secrets are hidden; untruths are spread as facts; murders are committed; and people dream of reaching a better place. Lowry's story is excellent adolescent fiction--thought- provoking with plenty of room for interpretation.

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yagmurbaydar | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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ı suggest he tried to tell that if you wanna be an utopian society you should face up to some mistakes. ıf we look at the system it makes utopia. after that inside the comminity we saaw that it's dystopia. so you can have system of utopia but you can't have utopia

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