History Fridge / TheGiver

27th Apr '18 7:57:54 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** Lowry addressed this a bit more in ''Son'', the last of three sequels to ''The Giver''. It's not that childbirth is painless (though it's certainly less painful than it is in real life), it's that no one but the Birthmothers themselves and those who tend them have any sense of what the process is like. Everyone else just sees them relaxing and being taken care of without any concept of why they might be treated that way.
27th Apr '18 7:48:06 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** It's not quite as clear, but the Giver explains it a bit in the book. They understand, on some level, that they are ending a life, but they have been so far removed from the emotional consequences of that act that they're unable to perceive it as anything but perfectly routine and normal.
27th Apr '18 7:41:09 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** Actually, this sort of thing is so absurdly common that it has [[MediaAdaptationTropes its own trope section]]. On the other hand, it's not unheard of for teachers to take advantage of this fact by using adaptational differences to trip up anyone who tries to substitute watching a movie for reading a book.
13th Apr '18 4:49:57 PM pidget_spinner
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** Something This troper picked out about the Birthmothers that I'm not sure if it's Fridge Horror or not: In the Community, you get your job at age 12. You have a short training period and then can give birth for three years before you are sent to do hard labor for the rest of your working life. 12, 13 and 14-year-olds are giving birth!!

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** Something This troper picked out about the Birthmothers that I'm not sure if it's Fridge Horror or not: In the Community, you get your job at age 12. You have a short training period and then can give birth for three years before you are sent to do hard labor for the rest of your working life. 12, 13 and 14-year-olds are Girls as young as thirteen giving birth!!birth.
15th Jan '18 7:36:38 PM H8FearADRLuv
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* Fridge-Heartwarming: In the movies, one of the memories Jonas experiences is being a father tearfully holding his newly born child. This is parallel to the book where Jonas experienced the memory of being singled out for a birthday party: a feeling of being special and proud.
12th Jun '17 8:26:46 AM butterflyslinky
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** They state in the book that the pilots are using heat sensors to look for Jonas and Gabe when they escape (Jonas thwarts this by summoning memories of cold to lower their body temperatures). My guess would be that pilots use this heat sensor technology or something similar whenever they fly.
4th Jun '17 6:41:19 PM OrangenChan
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** Also, ''Gathering Blue'' implies that people (at least in that village) have no idea [[AllHailTheGreatGodMickey what a cross actually means]]. So if The Ruin ''is'' meant to be an apocalypse of some sort, it's possible that it killed off enough people that there just weren't enough of them to keep any particular religion going.
** Or on a less horrific note, maybe there are different communities for different religions, too? And Jonas's community just happened to be one that decided to operate on a non-religious basis.
3rd Jun '17 4:37:03 PM rememberthehood1941
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** It's horrifying to realize that Jonas' father (who clearly loves working with children) and Fiona (who is described as being very good with the elderly) will have to face what they've done.
9th Sep '16 10:01:32 PM Dimentia44
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* The Community's insistence that Birthmother is a laid-back job with "little honor" comes off as fairly ridiculous to anyone familiar with how painful and inconviencing it feels to carry a child for 9 months and then give birth... especially considering that Birthmothers will experience neither the joys of sex nor motherhood that normally makes all that hardship worthwhile. However, this is indirectly explained later when it is revealed that The Community members have such effective medications that true pain is a foreign concept to them. Pregnancy really would be a breeze if you had the option of getting drugged up on fancy future pain medication the entire time.
5th Sep '16 8:37:34 PM trixus
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** Probably the same way Fiona has red hair, they are just unhappy about it but hey color is gone and facial features will change with the birth regulation. Sameness did not came out of tyranny but necessity in the book.


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** A few near apocalypses can break your faith same thing for different racial group, remember that the sameness was brought because people were ''that'' desperate, chances are there is 300 people left in the world before the sameness was even considered.
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