Why are people's homes called dwellings in the book "The Giver"?

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lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Probably the best answer for this is to compare the words "home" and "dwelling". A home implies a place where people care about each other, love each other, and are connected in a variety of deep ways. Dwelling, on the other hand, is simply a place where people live, a roof over their heads. To turn the question back to you, how does that difference relate to how deeply the people in Jonas' house really care about each other?