Monday, February 29, 2016

Blog #9 - Imagine

The song "Imagine" by John Lennon is about imagining something that could happen. This man is singing about a world of imagination where everything if perfect and nothing is wrong. No wars, no hunger, no violence, everything is perfectly perfect. All the people there would be living together and everything would be fine and alright.

This is like The Giver. In The Giver, everyone is living together and everyone is getting along perfectly. There are no wars, no hunger, no violence, everyone has what everyone else has. Everything there is perfect. In The Giver, everyone gets a job at the age of twelve, everyone has something to do, no complaints. Everyone gets a home and plenty of food. Everything is perfect and it is like a world of imagination.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blog #8 - Freedom


So, in one of the lines of the preamble it states "establish justice and domestic tranquility". In today's society, we attempt to establish justice as much as we can. When it comes to freedoms, our community tries to do everything they can so everyone could get along. For example, in the earlier years, African Americans didn't have the same rights as white people did. Today, any kind of race or skin color, has the same rights as anyone else can. Everyone can go where they want to go and do what they want to do (as long as it doesn't go against the law), and we have many freedoms.  

This answer does support the statement about establishing justice. Today an unfair things that is a major part, doesn't slip through easily. Once they find out that it isn't fair or right, it is gone. This is also challenging because sometimes justice can take weeks to be established. There are many difficult things that come in life that take a long time to solve. 

In The Giver, everything is equal and everything is peaceful. This does follow the statement in the preamble about justice and tranquility. Everything is equal so there is no fights or protests. Everything is equal and the same so nothing is ever upside down or is wrong in that world 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog #7 - Jonas' POV Change


Jonas' point of view has changed, it isn't changed completely cut I think it will change gradually. Jonas' has started to wonder about the past and why did they take certain things away. He was thinking since somethings felt so pleasurable or fun, why did they have to take everything away? He was probably wondering all about what other things can cause pain, pleasure, or is there mores ways to experience fun. Jonas' will probably be wondering all about that until he gets more answers.

Blog #6 - New Chapter Title


I would title chapter eight "From Murmurs to Chants". Here in this part of the book, near the end of the chapter, the crowd was chanting for Jonas. Here was when they murmured and then got louder gradually. It was basically like they started at something small and soft sounding but then got bigger and louder. This murmuring and chanting, basically was saying that they accepted Jonas for who he was. This is a significant thing for Jonas, knowing that he is still different but he will be accepted in the community.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Blog #4 - Unity through Conformity?


The conformity in Jonas' world does help the other bond over things.  First of all, everyone would get along and everyone would be equal. No one would be higher than the other and be causing anger to to their bragging and boasting about being higher. There wouldn't be any fights or quarrels since everyone is equal! The town would also be safe since other people have their backs and protect them. The rules are just to keep them safe. Not only that but everyone would be together and be bonding together.

It is kind of like slavery. Everyone was forced to be the same and to get along. So, I guess we can say that in Jonas' world the are kind of forced to be together and to act the same way everyone else does. Same with Hitler. Hitler only wanted people to look the same, have the same religion, and have many other same qualities. Jonas' world has most of those things. Same clothes, stick with age groups, and many other traits.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

What if?

In Jonas' world, they have no knowledge about historical events or family history. What if in our world, no one knew about historical events?

I would probably be wondering, thinking, how did this world came to be? I would be asking so many questions, it could make some head pound from frustration and stress. The public may never know, how did this statue came to be. Where did these symbols, items, and other things were invented. Many questions would be unanswered and just stay stuck in the minds of people, drifting off into the thinking area. For our whole entire lives, we may be wondering about our existence and our life that was in the past.

Imagine that we never knew how America has gotten it's freedom. The public will obviously be wondering how we received our freedom. Along with our freedom came the flag, symbols of freedom, the declaration, the constitution, and many other symbols of freedom. People will always be wondering how did all this came to be.

If we didn't know the past, then, how would we learn from our mistakes? We would be doing the same mistake over and over again. It would probably be the same for inventions and other things. We would always be wondering and thinking, how we can make this better. If we can't learn from the past then we will never learn from our mistakes.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Two Worlds Colliding

In "The Giver", the main character Jonas lives in this community that has many difference and similarities to our world

SIMILARITIES 

  • Both have rules/laws that need to be followed 
  • Both travel by bike
  • Humans are living in a community 
  • Adopting children 
  • Have families 
DIFFERENCES

  • Very strict rules 
  • Can ONLY travel by bike
  • Assigned a job 
  • Adult at Twelve 
  • Ceremonies for each age
  • Certain things takes away at a certain age
  • Can only get two children (one female and one male) 

Now, if I had to pick one of these worlds to live in, I would stay in my world. I wouldn't want to stay in a world where there are many strict rules and many things that happen in certain ages. I would rather live in a world where we can be free and do what we want. Our world does have laws that we have to follow, but they aren't as strict as the Giver's world. I would enjoy staying in this world rather than being in a world with rules that seem so pointless and stupid. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blog One - Career Choices


When people pick your job for the twelves, for the rest of your life, there are some good and bad things about that. 

First of all, if someone picks out their job, well the twelves have a secure job for the rest of your life! Twelves won't have to worry about what they are going to be and what happens if they don't get a job because they already have a job. Not only that but now they have more time to study the job theywere assigned to. Twelves would only have to worry about what is ahead in their job and almost nothing else. 

Then again, what if the twelves didn't get a job they enjoyed? What if they wanted a different job? That is a downside. Some of the twelves might not even want a job. What if the twelves want to live a simple life and their other partner is the only one who works? Sometimes one person always stays at home and cleans and takes care of the home while the other works. That isn't the case of the twelves are ASSIGNED their jobs. They have to work whether they like it or not. Sometimes people just want to do other things, instead they have to work with a job they possibly do not like. Twelves might love their job or hate it. It depends if the odds are in their favor. Other than that, this job picking idea might not be the best.