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Why does Lowry use "dwelling" instead of "house" or "home" in The Giver?

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A word like dwelling has much less of an emotional impact on people than a word like home. In this society, deep and fruitful connections between individuals are discouraged. Intense emotion, in general, is discouraged. It is, after all, intense emotions like passion and anger and jealousy and resentment that cause war and destruction and conflict. If intense emotions such as these can be drained from a society, then that society would be able to avoid these negative effects. Of course, the flip side of this is that the society will also lose other, more positive intense emotions like love. Just as mother has a more emotional connotation than parent, or husband or wife has a more emotional connotation than spouse, dwelling seems almost completely devoid of feeling while home conveys so much feeling.

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Question deals with the connotation and denotation of the author's words.

For the denotation of the words, all three--house, home and dwelling--have very similar meanings--they are places in which people live.

It is in the connotation--the way these words are used in common speech--that you can find the difference.

The words 'house' and 'home' imply family, decoration, warmth, safety and security. It implies personal touches and time spent on making the structure, the building, into someplace one would feel comfortable.

The word 'dwelling,' on the other hand, implies a physical structure only--four walls, a roof and a floor. To dwell is to live, but not necessarily to create a sense of warmth and security.

This fits with the impresonal setting that Lowry has created in her dystopic society.

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