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The Giver

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Ricardo Vargas

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The Giver & 1984 Would you like to live in a perfect world? In "The Giver" a comptemporany novel written by Lois Lowry, the future is shows as a perfect world, where all the things are very organized and predictable. The story is tell through the eyes of a 12-years old child (Jonas) , who is selected by the Elders as the Receiver of Memories. Throught the memories he understood, how boring and senseless could be are, so a perfect life, where all is predictable and the people don't take decisions. That's why, he left the community with his brother Gabriel. Do you thing that the state have the right to control the life of its citizens? In the futuristic and dystopian novel "1984" written by George Orwell during the 1940's. The state have the right, to control and to watch the whole time its citizens (specially outer party members) its thoughts and its behaviour . The novel is tell through the eyes of a Ministry of Truth's worker, who have an illicit romance with Julia. And with her help rebels again the Big Brother. But he dind't had sucess, and that's why he is tortured, interrogated and converted (or re-educated). The Giver vs. 1984 The Giver Both are futuristicts novel.
1984 The future is perfect, there is no fear, no paint and no sadness. All the people live in equal and good conditions. The future is terrible, there is a constant fear, and there is an endless war. All the people live in extremly poor conditions. It was written in 1993, after the cold war. It was written in 1949, after the WW II and at the beginning of cold war. In both novels the state control the whole life of its citizens. The state control the behaviour of the citizens. To see its skills and then select its assignment in the society. The state control the behaviour of the citizens. To protect the state and to prevent that noone rebel against the state. In both novels there is a leader, who control the whole world (country). The citizens' behaviour is only outside controlled, and all the citizens help with the control (self-control) The citizens' behaviour is the whole time and in all places (home and work) through cameras controlled. There is not one, but 5 leaders (Elders), who decide the future of the comunity. There is one leader (Big Brother), but he's fictitious. In both novels the protagonist left the comunity ideas or system, inspired by love. The Elders are see as wise, polite and perfect parents, who dind't make mistakes The Big Brother is see as a rought omnipresent person, who can see all things. He´s like God. Jonas left the comunity to save the life of his brother Gabriel, who is going to be released. It's brother love. Winston Smith revels against the comunity, with Julia's help. It's love How would the perfect world be for you? "Man is always looking for a utopic society, but the attemps have not been sucessful. Some people think that in the future, the society is going to reach an utopic world "
Do you think that a really utopic world could be reached? What is dystopia? It is the vision of a futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia. The dystopia society is caracterized by a totalitarian form of goverment, which repress the people and didn't give them individual freedom to express or do what they want.
"After Twelve, age isn't important. Most of us even lose track of how old we are as time passes, though information is in the Hall of Open Records."
- Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 1 In a perfect world is the life of the people senseless. "Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."
- Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 12
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away.
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5 "The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed--would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper--the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1 In utopic societies the thoughts must be are controlled by the state. Would you live in one of those societies? Why? Have you ever thought something against the goverment?

Next time be carefull, maybe someone is observing or heraing you, like in 1984.
And it could do something against you, because of your thoughts, like Thought police in 1984: Remember Big Brother is observing you. Reconsider it, your life have sense, not like the life of the citizens, in the novel "The Giver", where nothings is unespected and after 12 there are no changes in life. All is ever the same, there is not change in nothing. Ever the same wheater, same buildings, same landscape. Have you ever though that your life doesn't have sense?
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