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What rules and punishments are used in Jonas's society in The Giver? How does Jonas feel about the rules?

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Jonas's society in The Giver operates fairly flawlessly, in large part because they have rules to govern everything about how their community operates. There are rules and consequences for using language too imprecisely. According to the rules, children are only allowed to ride bicycles when they turn nine, although even Jonas jokes that this is one rule which is often broken. Children are required to volunteer in the community, and there are consequences if they don't finish those hours by the time they reach the Ceremony of Twelve. Perhaps most interestingly, spouses don't choose each other. Instead, they submit an application, and a committee weighs all candidates' strengths and weaknesses against each other and attempts to match those up in pairs that perfectly balance. Once married, parents apply for children, who are provided by birth mothers.

Jonas accepts all of this without question before he meets The Giver; after all, questioning his society is not something that he has built...

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