Why is The Giver's view of euthanasia wrong?i already have 1)that the comitee of elders only look if the person is contribuiting to the community in the present. they don't look at what the person...

Why is The Giver's view of euthanasia wrong?

i already have 1)that the comitee of elders only look if the person is contribuiting to the community in the present. they don't look at what the person has done in the past for the community. 2)Also, the power and influence the Comitee of Elders have is abused. Anyone that is different or no longer useful is just thrown out. The nurturers and directors of the house of the Old that euthanize the people don't know they are murdering eachother. they're just following the rules set out for them.

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Most advocates of euthanasia would use it as a last resort, when a person is so sick or so debilitated that recovery is not possible. Some would make euthanasia an option for people suffering long-term illnesses or for people who are being kept alive only with the aid of machines.

In The Giver, babies are killed just because they cry too much or don't grow fast enough or are the smaller of twins. Anyone can be "released" for going against the rules, and older people are released when they've passed their usefulness. The way bodies are disposed of--being dumped in the garbage--indicates how little regard is given to the individual person. "Release" is murder. Euthanasia is a way to show mercy.

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your reasons are good, but there are more. As you said, by following these rules, they don't acknowledge that they are killing people. This leads to a general cheapening of the value of human life. They don't know what it means to be human, and killing so easily is part of that. But there is a larger and even simpler reason. It is wrong because the community is exercising too much power over people's lives with too little wisdom. These people don't know the depths and heights of life. They don't know passion or deep insight; how can they be wise enough to determine that someone else needs to die?