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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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Giver by Lois Lowry, 2). “For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure” In 1994, The Giver was temporarily banned from classes by the Bonita Unified School District in LaVerne and San Dimas, California because four parents complained that violent and sexual passages were inappropriate for children. An example of murder in The Giver was when Jonas’ father makes a violent action in chapter nineteen. - (The Giver by Lois Lowry, 149). “To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of newchild's forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed. The newborn squirmed, and wailed faintly” An example of “sexual passages” was when Jonas had his first stirring in chapter one- “He liked the feeling of safety here in this warm and quiet room; he liked the expression of trust on the woman's face as she lay in the water unprotected, exposed, and free.” In Johnson County, Missouri, complainants charged that The Giver desensitized children to euthanasia and asked that the book “not be read in class to children under high school age.” The book remains in the high school section of the K-12 library. There was not really euthanasia found in the book, but murder and suicide. Two examples of murder and suicide in the book are when Jonas’ father kills one of the twins (The Giver by Lois Lowry, 149), and Rosemary commits suicide (The Giver by Lois Lowry, 144). THE GIVER should NOT be BANNED Efforts to ban The Giver have mostly failed. It is a fact that The Giver contains “sexual passages”, has scenes of murder and suicide, and that the community in which Jonas lives is communist, but it is too juvenile for high school students. Conclusion The giver should not be banned. The Giver has been challenged for several times across the country, but most of the challenges have been denied. The Giver should be only read by students of grades 8th and up since some passages of the book are not appropriate for kids. The Giver would be suitable for students who want to learn that the world we live is not perfect. Bibliography Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Print.
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<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giver>. What people call “sexual passages” are not really inappropriate since it only mentions Jonas’ first stirring, like every young adult experiments. The scenes of murder and suicide in The Giver are not likely to be read by elementary or middle school students but high school students. ‘Release’ was not well explained at the beginning of The Giver, but it was shocking to learn the real meaning of ‘release’ when Jonas’ father murdered a twin. The community in which Jonas lives seems to be communist since everybody were controlled and were given a position, couple, family, etc. not of their choice, but my take is that Lois Lowry is against communist. In the last chapters of The Giver, Jonas rejected the way his community was controlled and went to seek life at Elsewhere. Jonas’ stirring was controlled by taking pills (The Giver by Lois Lowry, 30).