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Why is precision of language so important to the people of Jonas's society?  

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Language "precision," as it is called, is another tool used by the society of The Giver to control the community and keep them content and safe by desensitizing them.

In his essay "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell writes,

Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes....(http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/)

In this passage and further in the essay, Orwell writes of the power of language. Certainly, language is is a tool for powerful governments; indeed, it is a type of thought control. Continuing some of Orwell's ideas from this essay, he writes, "If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." This is the very concept behind the invention of Newspeak in Orwell's 1984.

Similarly, in the society of The Giver , language is used to control and corrupt thought. In order to control any intense emotion, which could cause negative results, the society has people discuss their feelings, but...

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