In the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, a boy named Jonas lives in a utopian society. There are many problems in this society like seeing no color, everything being the same, and the “releases” are not actually people being released, but people being killed. This book is censored in many places because people don’t want their kids to be reading about this type of community. I understand why The Giver is censored, but I think that it shouldn’t be censored because it contains a lot of challenging vocabulary, it provides an example of an advanced school curriculum that we could learn from, it teaches us about the power of memory, and it teaches us an important moral.
The Giver contains a lot of good vocabulary that kids might not learn without reading it. The book includes many synonyms like “scrupulously” and “meticulous,” which mean taking your time and working with care. Since the book is about a community where all things are the same, the book teaches kids words like “standardize” and “nondescript.” By exposing elementary school and middle school-aged kids to this harder form of vocabulary, it will expand their knowledge of words, and they will start to use more challenging vocabulary while speaking in everyday life.
Jonas, along with all of the other kids in his community, goes to a very
advanced school. They learn “language and communications,” “commerce and industry,” “science and technology,” and “civil procedures and government,” all at a very young age. It is also a requirement to do volunteer hours for school. This teaches kids that it is important to do volunteer work in their communities and to do mitzvahs. At my school, we go out into our community and volunteer our time every Friday to do good deeds. By reading The Giver, schools could learn about these volunteer hours and enforce them in their school work.
At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory in
training. He goes to train with the Giver of Memory everyday. The Giver transmits many memories to Jonas that the citizens in the communities don’t know about. Lois Lowry writes about a few of the bad memories that Jonas receives. This teaches us that it is good to have our own memories, so we can reflect over them and learn from our mistakes. The citizens in the communities in The Giver burden one person with all of the memories that they aren’t ever able to experience. Those citizens can’t learn from their mistakes and can not repeat them if they don’t know about any of the mistakes humans made before their community was created. It is good to have our own memories because being able to reflect on them, teaches us right from wrong and to not repeat our mistakes.
Lastly, The Giver has a very good moral to it. Many kids wish that they lived in a fantasy world where everything they want, they get. From reading this book, we learn that we should be grateful to live in the world we live in because if you take a look at Jonas’ utopian community, it is far from perfect. A perfect world to one person could be the worst world to another. Even though we live in an imperfect world, it is still great. Instead of longing for a world we don’t have, we should spend time in the world we do have.
In conclusion, I don’t think that The Giver should be censored because it contains a lot of advanced vocabulary, the kids in it learn many things starting at a young age, it teaches us about the power of memory, and it teaches us an important moral. Do you think The Giver by Lois Lowry should be censored, or should kids read this book?