Euthanasia and the Giver

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Is Euthanasia a right or a privilege? “Euthanasia advocates stress the cases of unbearable pain as reasons for euthanasia” ( This means that euthanasia would be a privilege but is illegal. Extreme pain would cause humans to request for their own death, this is when assisted suicide comes to play. Euthanasia can be performed in many different ways for many different reasons. Euthanasia is defined as “The intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit” (             Euthanasia by action is described as “Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection” ( A lethal amount of pills is another way Euthanasia can be performed by action. Active euthanasia minimizes the suffering of a person. Doctors are trained to do everything possible to preserve life but euthanasia can be legalized for some cases. Doctors sometimes use medical techniques that speeds up death in order to end or shorten their patients suffering. Not providing enough food or medical treatment is another type of euthanasia.             Intentional killing by omission is just another way euthanasia is done. Intentional killing by omission is described as “Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water” ( A patient has the right to refuse medical treatment, even if it results in the shorting of life, is legally permissible in most western countries. Someone in a comma or persistent vegetative state could be kept alive by machine or killed by taking them off the machine and letting nature take its course. In that specific case the costly bill would not be so extreme. People request euthanasia for their own benefit.             Incurable disease such as cancer, Schizophrenia, and many others could push a human being to their limit. Terminally ill is considered having less than six months to live with an incurable daises. Those people would either commit suicide or request euthanasia. “Patients in a Persistent vegetative state have no-self awareness nor any awareness of their surroundings because the thinking part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, is dead (Jussim 16). The families of these patients in a persistent vegetative state have the decision to let them go by them self without machines. Some terminally ill patients who are perfectly alert can request to die before the disease can progress any further. This decision would stop or shorten their suffering and pain.

Euthanasia can be done in many different ways for many reasons, Intentional killing by act or omission. Euthanasia is illegal but can be made legal for some case. It is also the cheapest option there is. It is requested for ones own benefit, for either an incurable disease or just to end the suffering and pain. Euthanasia is defined as “The intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit” ( Euthanasia is a major part of the story “The Giver”; it takes place with babies, the old and middle-aged citizens.

The book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is a science fiction book that shows readers, earth in a totally different view. One controversial topic that Lowry uses in the giver is euthanasia, or the practice of killing a person for their own good. “There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community” (Lowry back cover). This boy named jonas lives in a community were every thing is watched and controlled very carefully. In “The Giver” euthanasia is committed when citizens become too old for the society, when babies born are not developing fast enough, and for those who break the rules. In the story euthanasia is called release.

When citizens become to old for society they can either ask for release of wait until they die of old age. When the old asks for release they...
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