The idea of a perfect society where humans are seemingly happy and prosperous has always appealed to humans throughout many cultures. In the novel, The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, the author incorporates many advantageous characteristics of a utopian society. The fundamentals of a perfect community allow individuals to appreciate life all the more because of the sense of security, equality, and organized lifestyles.
The conception of a sense of security in a utopian society contrasts the dangers and uncertainties in the real world. "He couldn't see why it was necessary. He liked the feeling of safety here in this warm and quiet room; he liked the expression of trust on the woman's face as she lay in the water unprotected, exposed, and free" (Lowry 30). The trust and safety he feels with the old woman indicates an inevitable bond between citizens in a utopian society. The precautions methodized in the utopian society eliminate the exposure to many real world problems such as discrimination toward others associated with individual beliefs. Without the feeling of security in a utopia, life would favor a prolonged hazardous environment where humans are obliged to apprehend dangers and defend themselves. "'We really have to protect people from wrong choices.' 'It's safer"' (99). By protecting others from making wrong choices, peace and safety are established throughout a community. The idea that wrong choices do not exist disregards the risk of a damaged or hindered society. Inadequate decisions can comprise of a potential societal turmoil where life can be very problematic for everybody. A feeling of security in the community helps motivate the populace to focus on maintaining a perfect environment for generations to come.
The idea of equality surmounts many real world problems as well as indifferences among people. "I always participated, of course, because as children we must experience all of those things. And I studied hard in school, as you do, Jonas" (15). Everybody in a utopian community is given the opportunity to undergo many different activities. With absolute equality, there are no laggards to encumber the overall prosperity of a community. An abundance of procrastinators can potentially devoid entire societies of technological advancements. "Climate Control. Snow made growing food difficult, limited the agricultural periods. And unpredictable weather made transportation almost impossible at times. It wasn't a practical thing, so it became obsolete when we went to Sameness" (83, 84). The advancement to sameness allows flourishing agricultural production to support an entire society with ease. Climate control eradicates the burden of intricate seasonal weather and permits the everyday commute. In the midst of a world where weather is a jeopardizing predicament gives incite to a downturn of the overall performance of entire communities. With equality present in a utopian society, the ability to grapple complications in reality is considerably easier to accommodate which provides reassurance to the populace.
Being able to follow a pre-determined lifestyle gives individuals the freedom to omit difficult decisions and poorly made choices. "Like the Matching of Spouses and the Naming and Placement of newchildren, the Assignments were scrupulously thought through by the Committee of Elders. He was certain that his Assignment, whatever it was to be, and Asher's too, would be the right one for them" (48). The selections over important matters by the Committee of Elders construct both legitimate and serviceable roles in the community. The practice of deciding upon significant choices amiably compliments the motives of individuals in society. If everybody had the opportunity to make a decision for themselves, then the aftermath of the careless decisions could be devastating. "It was one of the rituals, the evening telling of feelings. Sometimes Jonas and his sister, Lily, argued over turns, over who would get to go first. Their parents, of course, were part of the ritual; they, too, told their feelings each evening" (5). No one in a utopian community is destitute of a close relationship with family members. The affinities people share amid a utopian community provides an impetus in which many humans are obliged to receive in life. Lacking the influential insight from others can deprive one of possible connections to a prosperous life. As a result of the organized lifestyles; everybody living in a utopia is given peace of mind.
The admirable aspects of security, equality, and organized ways of life define the gratified elements of living in a utopia. The advantages provide communities with abundant amounts of necessary commodities to sustain and indulge the lifestyles for multitude amounts of people. A utopia's paramount practice and a perfect way of life praise the escalation of entire societies to prosper and bring opulence to the people.