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The Giver - Rules and Orders

If some of the rules are taken seriously, and some were casually broken, what determines how important a law is in Joans's society?

If the community has general command over its citizens with tools like the pills againt the "Stirrings" and popultion control, why does it need to have control over the little things, like hair ribbons staying tied?

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For the most part, it's all about compliance, creating a society in which nobody questions anything, and everyone adheres to the rules. Teaching a population what is deemed proper and leaving out the rest. The hair ribbon must be tied because to leave it untied constitutes individuality...... no deviation is allowed.

In Jonas' world, rules are what they live by. The population is closely monitored, drugs are used to control emotions, and release is the cure all for those who who do not follow them properly.

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The Giver