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Lois Lowrys The Giver A Study of the Importance Choice Making Plays in the Ultimate Happiness of an IndividualLois Lowrys Newbery Award winning piece The Giver takes place in a futuristic society based on the concept of sameness A life lacking colors smells feelings music or choices 12-year-old Jonas discovers is not a desirable way to live In the novel he expresses his frustration in the quote if everythings the same then there arent any choices I want to wake up in the mornings and decide things97 Jonas is selected by the community to be the new Receiver of Memory to hold all feelings and memories that could ultimately destroy sameness and harmony Jonas comes to realize that although the community harbors an apparent security and peacefulness it deprives its people of the joy of individuality Jonas therefore embarks on a mission with the Giver the old receiver of memory to restore all that has been lost to the community According to Lowry herself The Giver explores the importance of making courageous moral choices4 Lois Lowrys powerful words and thought provoking ideas really encourage readers to think about what a privilege it is to make their day to day choices and the wonderful freedoms they possess in their societyLowry in an interview with critic Carol Hurst explains that the novel was inspired by her father who was at that time in a nursing home having lost most of his long term memory I realized one day while visiting my father that without memory there is no pain and I began to imagine a society in which the past was deliberately forgotten4 However in response to Lowrys portrayal of a secure painless society critic Jennifer Semple simply states although they appear to have everything they are missing something of great importanceedtechedu This something that the citizens are
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