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The Giver

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

5) Why does the community enforce “Sameness”?

The community enforces Sameness through its rules and technology in order to protect its citizens from discomfort and danger. Throughout the novel, Jonas considers how he cannot discuss differences with his peers because it’s considered rude and potentially embarrassing. For example, Jonas never praises his groupmate Benjamin’s accomplishments at the Rehabilitation Center, because doing so would draw attention to Benjamin’s unique talents, and set him apart from the rest of their group. On a deeper level, The Giver explains that Sameness protects people from the consequences of making wrong choices by removing choice altogether. The lack of choice makes life predictable and safe.