When do children begin dream-telling in The Giver?
Dream-telling begins with Threes.
Dream-telling is a morning ritual used by Jonas’s community. Like the feeling-telling in the evening, dream-telling is designed to identify, label, and dismiss feelings in the pursuit of Sameness. The community’s goal is to eliminate all feelings in order to make sure that the citizens are happy, or at least numb.
The age of Three is actually an important one in Jonas’s world because it is the beginning of maturity. Jonas says that by age Three, all children are pretty much alike. The Instructor of Threes is “in charge of the acquisition of correct language” (Ch. 7). Precise use of language is very crucial to Jonas’s community. It is part of Sameness, which means that everyone talks alike and thinks alike. It helps maintain conformity.
Jonas’s father jokingly asks Gabe if he dreams.
"Gabe?" Father asked, looking down at the basket where the newchild lay gurgling after his feeding, ready to be taken back to the Nurturing...
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