Love

Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver points to the importance of true emotions and love. In the community Lowry creates, the spouses are selected by the committee and brought together on the basis of suitable traits. The goal is for the partners to complement each other in their abilities and personalities in such a way that they form a successful family unit and raise their children in an exemplary manner according to the rules of the community. 

The members of the community do not marry each other for love because the members do not know this feeling at all. The members of the community are trained not to feel emotions. The Giver says of Fiona, "Feelings are not part of the life she’s learned." (Chapter 20, 17%).

For example, when Jonas asks his parents if they love him, they don’t understand what he wants from them: 

'Do you love me?' There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. 'Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!' 'What do you mean?' Jonas asked. Amusement was not at all what he had anticipated. 'Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it’s become almost obsolete,' (Chapter 16, 68%). 

Jonas is shocked to discover that his parents cannot establish any real emotional closeness because of the suppression of feelings by the pill and the absence of memories.

Another example of the lack of true feelings in the community is how Jonas' father behaves when he releases the twin infant. At the beginning of the novel, we are told that "Release of newchildren was always sad, because they hadn’t had a chance to enjoy life within the community yet." (Chapter 1, 63%). 

Later, however, the father gives the twin baby a lethal injection at the Nurturing Center. Afterwards, he cheerfully asks: "All done. That wasn’t so bad, was it?" (Chapter 19, 71%). Shortly afterwards, he throws the box containing th...

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