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Whats better Being eminent or being undistinguished In the world today people make their own decisions clean their own houses drive their own cars and live their own lives Or they think they do In Lois Lowrys novel The Giver a young boy named Jonas lives in a uniformed community he thought he lived a normal life until someone showed him the truth Where Jonas lives everyone is the same life is safe orderly and predictable Rules are strictly adhered to every aspect of a persons life is carefully planned People rarely make choices on their own everything is decided for them by the community There is no snow or sunshine no colors or music no animals or nature People in the community take special care to avoid doing or saying anything different In the community one must not say anything that causes discomfort to others and one must use language precisely Husbands and wives are matched as couples by a Committee of Elders who reviews each individual to see if a persons characteristics will be compatible with those of his mate Exactly two children-one male and one female-are assigned to each family unit The elderly live at the House of the Old Those whose children have grown to have families of their own live with other Childless Adults Newborn infants are nurtured by people called nurturers not parents Each and everyone of the people in the community are identical in personality appearance skin color hair color race everything But is it better for everyone to live this way People should have their own personalities have their own opinion and should be able to be distinguished- not only physically but mentally- from one another If you dont have a personality there is nothing that can define you If everyone in the world was the same as you - It doesnt have to be clothes or anything else besides personality everyone would be exactly the same
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