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Why was The Giver bitter about the Council of Elders?

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Jonas 's highly-structured, organized community, which is founded on the concept of Sameness, is controlled by the Council of Elders. The Council of Elders make every significant decision in the community and have complete control over society. Unlike the other citizens and members that make up the Council of Elders, the Giver experiences emotions and has supreme knowledge of the past because he holds all of humanity's memories. Despite his knowledge and experience, the Giver has little say in the community's decisions and is rarely consulted by the elders. As Jonas's training continues, the Giver begins to show signs that he disagrees with many...

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