Choice

Topics: The Giver, Lois Lowry, Choice Pages: 2 (847 words) Published: April 19, 2014
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word choice is defined as: “variety offered for selection”. Although bad choices could lead to awful things, bad choices are still needed. In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, characters suffer from being held back from lack of choice. Choice is a needed and important concept. If one is knowledgeable enough to choose a good choice, he should choose it. Also people learn from the mistakes and experiences of bad choices. Another thing is that there are private choices, like marriage, that people should choose for themselves.

People learn from mistakes and experiences of bad choices. This knowledge and lessons learned could lead to better choices. In the novel The Giver this idea is clear. In the novel, a character named Rosemary was selected to be the receiver (a person whose job is to receive all the past memories of the community). When The Elders of the community (the old people who decide everything for everyone in the community) put the rules for her job, they chose to give her the option of release (death). Because of this, the whole community suffered. Later in the novel, the readers come to understand that The Elders learned from their mistake. The new receiver’s rules have changed. Jonas (the main character in the novel, the protagonist, and the character selected to be the new receiver) cannot apply for release. “It’s in your rules Jonas, but it wasn’t in hers.” (Lowry, 1993, Page 142) After The Elders found out that when a Receiver of Memories applies for release, and gets released, not only does he get released, but also his memories get released. They learned that from when Rosemary got released, as well as her memories, the community faced a very hard time. The Elders learned from their mistakes, when Jonas became the new Receiver of Memories. They put him in his rules that he cannot apply for release. The Elders put Jonas in his rules that he cannot apply for release, because of their mistakes and...
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