Lois Lowry's The Giver Should Not be Censored Essay

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Lois Lowry's The Giver Should Not be Censored

Parents in modern society routinely attempt to shield their children from what they view as evils of the world. Adults censor television they watch, conversations they have, and books they read. In so doing, parents feel that they are guarding their children from knowledge that they may not be emotionally capable of handling. However, it also is imperative in the highly competitive atmosphere of modern society for youth to become prepared for the pressures of adulthood. Ironically, the dangerous knowledge parents believe they are hiding from their children inevitably is learned through exposure. In the domain of literature, a parent may feel that a particular book attracts
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In fact, the knowledge of the meaning of release Jonas discerns eventually leads him to leave the community. Like members awakened in the fictional community, children reading a book in which the heroic figure chooses to reject the concept of infanticide also will come to see Jonas' behavior as worthy of emulation. The hypocrisy of the actual community of parental critics becomes clear when one realizes that they are citizens of a country that permits infanticide in another form, namely abortion. Thus, it is utterly preposterous that some would feel justified in banning a novel that actually opposes such practices.

While the use of euphemisms may be justified based on the moral factors they support, they serve as just one example of Lois Lowry's stylistic ability to capture meaning not only in words, but also in experience conveyed by the words. Another example of such use of language appears specifically in her definitions of certain words. On his first encounter with the Giver, Jonas learns of sled riding. While the Giver initially attempts to explain the memory of sledding to Jonas, he discovers that it is impossible to communicate the experience because the words "`mean nothing to [Jonas]'" (78). During transmission of the memory, Jonas understands it, although "no voice made an explanation. The experience explained itself to him" (81). If a definition for a

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