Communications for College
12 April 2012
No Freedom of Choice
How would you like to wake up every day and not have any choice in what you wear? That is what it is like for the members of Jonas’s community in The Giver by Lois Lowry. The community’s main goal is for everyone and everything to be exactly the same. The community in The Giver eliminates freedom of choice and promotes sameness by choosing jobs for the Twelves, choosing spouses for the community members, and eliminating any and all differences in the community.
So that community members are not stuck with jobs they do not enjoy, jobs are chosen for children when they turn twelve. “It was a secret selection make by the leaders of the community” (Lowry 15). The leaders choose the jobs, not the children themselves. Jobs are chosen through careful observation of the children so that they are matched perfectly for their jobs. “During the past year he [Jonas] had been aware of the increasing level of observation” (Lowry 15). Lastly, because the children are observed so carefully, they are almost never disappointed with their assignments. “It was perfect for such a sensitive, gentle girl, and her smile was satisfied and pleased when she [Fiona] took her seat beside him [Jonas] again” (Lowry 56).
Similarly, spouses are chosen for community members to enhance the chances of a successful marriage and family. “Even the Matching of Spouses was given such weighty consideration that sometimes an adult who applied to receive a spouse waited months or even years before a Match was approved and announced” (Lowry 48). Community members must first apply for spouses and then be matched by the leaders of the community; this can be a lengthy process. Moreover, spouses are chosen according to many different aspects of a community member’s disposition, from their interests to their energy level. “All of the factors-disposition, energy level, intelligence, and interests-had to...