Friday, September 12, 2014

The Giver and Plato's Allegory

In The Giver, by Lois Lowry,  the Giver lives in a town that went under Sameness. This futuristic society has eliminated all pain, hatred, and prejudce. Everyone acts the same and jobs are chosen when a citizen turns twelve. The townspeople eliminated all memory of pain, but they memories cannot completely disappear. The Giver holds the town's memories in order to ensure the same mistakes aren't made.  In relation to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the Giver would be the intellectual. The Giver has seen the light, while the rest of the citizens are left in the dark, or unreality. He can make decisions for the town, which directly relates to Plato's Allegory of the Cave. It says that those who are running the community should have an understanding of the light and the dark. The Giver, while he holds pure memories, still remembers war, poverty and chaos. He has seen the light and dark, making him a perfect candidate to make decisions for the city. While he can see the light, he cannot share his memories with others until the Receiver is chosen. The Receiver, in this case, is the prisoner set free who goes to receive the light. In addition, he must return to the dark to help understand those in the dark, and to lead them. This correlation backs up the allegory about those who receive the dark and light, and those who are qualified to run the city.


Sri Korrapati said...

I think one key difference between the Giver and the Allegory of the Cave is that Plato argues it's the job of the enlightened to share with others the truth. The Giver's job is to keep the citizens from the truth. The protagonist in The Giver however would agree with Plato that it's wrong to keep the truth away from the citizens.

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