For die and requests medicine to end

For my culminating book club assignment, I read The Giver by Lois Lowry. Our book club discussions were mainly about the different text to world connections. We realized that there are many similarities and connections between The Giver and the world we live in today. The Giver is a novel which shows a society with no emotions, feelings and choices. The past memories of the society only held within one boy and what he plans to do to return all emotions back to the community. The concept of release in Jonas’s society is what they call death. When people asked to be released, they are asking for their death. Now we don’t know if the citizens of the community know what release is when they ask for it, but the community uses release as a way to mask it. When it is mentioned in the book that a four year old boy by the name of Caleb fell into the river. The community called it a loss and they performed the Ceremony of loss.  Together we connected the concept of release to doctor assisted death/suicide. “Doctor assisted suicide is when you commit suicide with the help or aid of another person. In most cases a doctor or physician. It involves a Doctor intentionally giving them the  knowledge to commit suicide. This also includes information about the lethal doses of drugs or supplying the drugs”. “Euthanasia is when the physician administers the means of death, while physician assisted suicide is when a person of sound mind expresses their wish to die and requests medicine to end their life” Now obviously there is more to Doctor assisted suicide then we know, but from what is set right here, we connected the concept of release to Doctor/physician assisted suicide. The quotes I have to prove our connection is when The Giver shows Jonas a video of his father performing release on a newborn baby and he says “And I listened as Rosemary told them that she would prefer to inject herself”(189, Lowry). Another quote in relation to this is when he is explaining the previous receivers “failure”. “I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to Chief Elder and asked to be released”(179, Lowry). These quotes connect release to the topic of Doctor assisted suicide. Aside newborns, everyone else has to ask for release, or is either given a punishment of release. When you ask for release, it is the same as asking for Doctor assisted suicide. In the book, Rosemary chose to inject herself, with the nurturer watching over her. That is similar to what you do when you ask for Doctor assisted suicide, The doctor or physician is watching over you while you choose to do whatever method you were given or asked for. Some things aren’t similar, for instance in Jonas’s society if you ask for release, you are given release. Unless you are The Receiver, or it is against your rules. However the main idea of release connects to the main idea of Doctor assisted suicide.In addition to that connection we made, we discovered another connection between The Giver and our world. In the book, when they release some newborns and keep some, it reminds me of the Australian surrogacy case in 2014. A Thai surrogate mother was carrying a couples twins, once they found out that one twin had down syndrome, they asked the mother to abort that twin. She refused to abort the twin, so they only took the healthy baby. The baby with down syndrome whose name was Gammy is similar to Gabriel. Both were unwanted. However just like how the mother protected the child, Jonas protected Gabe. When Jonas’s father first mentioned anything about Gabe, he said how he isn’t growing fast enough and how the committee was thinking about releasing him. “But he isn’t growing as fast as he should and he doesn’t sleep soundly… but the committee’s been thinking about releasing him” (9, Lowry). “I weight them, hand the larger over to a nurturer who’s standing by, waiting, and then I get the smaller one all cleaned up and comfy. Then I perform a small ceremony of release” (171, Lowry). The same thing happened in this situation. The healthier baby was chosen, and the non healthier baby was considered lower and released. The same thing happened in the surrogacy case in 2014. Our discussions, use of reading strategies and annotations helped me realize the different text to world connections. The novel shows the similarities between The Giver and our world today.