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The Giver Vs. Pleasantville
Transcript of The Giver Vs. Pleasantville
Town Fathers N na Hamm i Period 6 Pleasantville is a movie about 2 teenagers, David and Jennifer, who get trapped in a 1950’s black and white sitcom. They soon realize how “perfect” the world they are in is and how no one experiences pain or sadness. The people in the town know nothing but routine and happiness. The longer David and Jennifer stay in Pleasantville, the more the world begins to change. The “perfect” town of Pleasantville begins to turn to color as the citizens realize they can make their own choices and make new discoveries. O Perfect Worlds
Discovery of Elements
Committee of Elders vs. Town Fathers You cannot have pleasure without pain.
So the question is...
IS it better to live with both or neither? In the beginning of both The Giver and Pleasantville their worlds are in black and white. As Jonas, and the citizens in Pleasantville start to discover new things about the "real world" and individuality, both worlds slowly start turning to color. Pleasanville The first sign of color in Pleasantville is a red rose. This shows up shortly after David and Jennifer arrive in Pleasantville. O The Giver "It was the first thing Jonas noticed as he looked at the new child peering up curiously from the basket. The pale eyes.” “But suddenly Jonas had noticed, following the path of the apple through the air with his eyes, that the piece of fruit had-well, this part that he couldn’t adequately understand- the apple had changed. Just for an instant.” In the Giver the citizens have almost no decisions to make on their own. Everything is planned out for them. Every year they get older they get something new or taken away from them, such as getting a bike when they turn 9. At 12 they are assigned a job they will do until they have to go to the house of the old until they are released. They have to apply for a family unit and are assigned a spouse and 2 kids, 1 boy and 1 girl. Confined communities "He wondered what lay in the far distance where he had never gone. The land didn't end beyond those nearby community. Were there hills Elsewhere? Were there vast wind-torn areas like the place he had seen in memory, the place where the elephants died?" "But when he looked out across the crowd, the sea of faces, the thing happened again. The thing that had happened with the apple. They changed. He blinked, and it was gone. His shoulder straightened slightly. Briefly he felt a tiny sliver of sureness for the first time." The Giver tells the story of Jonas, an 11 year old boy in a futuristic society that has no pain or fear. Everything in the society is controlled and planed out. Everyone is polite and looks the same. At age 12 you are assigned a job based on your abilities and interests. At the ceremony of 12 Jonas gets assigned the Receiver of memory, the most honored job in the society. Jonas is trained by the Giver, who gives Jonas memories of the past to make sure the community won’t make the same mistakes. The Giver gives Jonas memories, some good and some horrible, and the more Jonas receives he more he realizes how much more there is to life and how controlled his society really is. The Giver Pleasantville Pleasantville The Giver In the Pleasantville the citizens are unaware that anything else is beyond their town. The kids do sometimes go on field trips to other communities, but besides that they do not know what is beyond their community. They have no idea how big the world is. Slowly the people in Pleasantville who have experienced bursts of passion or change start to turn to color. "How could someone not fit in? The community was so meticulously ordered, the choices so carefully made." The Giver The citizens of Pleasantville do the same thing everyday no matter who they are. Everything has a routine and done in a certain order. But when David tells one character, Bill Johnson, that it is ok if he doesn’t do his jobs at the soda shop in the same order as always, everything will still turn out the same in the end. After that Bill starts doing a lots of things out of order and realizes that everything doesn’t have to be the same. This makes other characters in the town realize this as well, making them turn to color. Pleasantville "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." The Town fathers see how some people, mostly the teens, in the town are acting and try to keep everything in order. The town fathers announce a list of rules preventing people from visiting the library, playing loud music, or using paint colors other than black, white or gray to try to stop their world from turning to color. David and Mr. Johnson paint a colorful mural on a brick wall, depicting things relevant to the changes in their world, but are arrested. They are brought to trial in front of the entire town, and eventually arousing enough anger and indignation that the Mayor himself becomes colored as well. Towns Fathers Committee of Elders In both the Giver and Pleasantville we see what the consequences are in having a pain free world. In the case of the Giver Jonas realizes that his world is not all that perfect after all since they were planning on realizing Gabriel, so Jonas leaves his society. In Pleasantville their entire world turns to color after all and everyone begins to explore this new world they are in. Conclusion The Committee of Elders control everything that happens in Jonas’s world. They tell everyone how to act, dress, what jobs they will have and who their family will be. They are the ones who keep the rest of the society from knowing the truth about how the world used to be. They want sameness throughout the society so it will not lead to problems. "It's the way they live. It's the life that was created for them. It's the same life that you would have, if you had not been chosen as my successor." There is also a scene where it starts to rain, all the characters are startled because they never have experienced rained before, but all the teenagers end up enjoying it. As the perfect world of Pleasantville starts to change to color, more “realistic” type things start to happen to the town, such as a fire. Before the only time they needed fire trucks was to save a cat from a tree. Pleasantville The fist memory Jonas receives is a memory of a sled ride during winter, his first exposure to snow. The first painful memory Jonas is given is of a sunburn. We find out from the Giver that they had to get rid of the sun, rain, and snow because it would interfere with their “perfect world”. The Giver In both The Giver and Pleasantville there is no such thing as sex. In the Giver all teens and adults are to take pills to stop stirrings and attraction to one another. In Pleasantville they have no idea what sex is.. that is until David and Jennifer come along. They not only discover physical attraction, but become emotionally attached to one another as well. Both Jonas and the characters in Pleasantville discover they have the choice and ability to love. When David and Jennifer first arrive in Pleasantville they soon realize that everyone is overly happy and perfect. No one is sad or hurt, only pleasant. They family they end up in have a spectacular breakfast each morning and when they go outside everyone is acting perfect. Even when they get to school, all the boys in gym class make perfect shots in the basketball hoop. Nothing is out of place or goes wrong in this world. In the Giver Jonas’s society is planned out and runs smoothly. They rarely ever have emergencies or issues. Everyone gets where they need to be and do what they need to do in the right way like they were taught. They don’t have anything like cars or knifes so there is no chance of any serious injury. In this world there is no physical or emotional pain.