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The Giver Essay Research Paper The GiverSome

The Giver Essay, Research Paper

The Giver

Some say when you have the freedom to chose you

really have no freedom at all. Many countries don t give

their citizens the right to make their own decisions. In the

book The Giver Jonas and his society are denied the

freedom to choose which can be both good and bad.

There are many disadvantages to not being able to

make your own decisions in life. When Jonas heard that

Gabriel is going to be released he is shocked. If he would

have had the freedom to choose he would have been able to

talk to the board of elders about letting the infant go. Gabe

and his caretakers have no choice whether or not he can

continue his life. When Jonas gets his assignment he has no

say if he doesn t like it or not. If the people of his society

could choose their own futures they would be a lot more

relaxed. If Rosemary, the Givers daughter, had gotten to

pick her own job, the community wouldn t have had to bear

with the pain and suffering of the memories that she lost.

Because nothing is ever perfect, or ever will be, sometimes

you just have to live in an unfair world.

Everything in the world has it s flaws but there is also

some advantages to not being free. The government can

control the peoples everyday lives so they will not know the

difference of being free and not being free. They can censor

everything Jonas sees and does so he won t get the idea that

their way of living is not fair. The leaders can also change

what the people know about the history of the outside world

so they will not have any negative thoughts. People will not

have to learn from their own mistakes by doing something

they would regret in a real world. Jonas wouldn t be able to

decide that he didn t want to obey the rules and make his

own decision that he would want to take back. If a elder

made a bad decision nobody could ever criticize him. In

conclusion not being able to elect what you want to do is

excellent for the government but not always good for the


Jonas town, some say, works better not being free, but

they don t know any better because they have conformed to

the system that their leaders have chosen for them. When

you give someone guidelines to live by you town will be

more successful but there will always be something

different about a person who can t choose for themselves.