The Giver

What can we deduce about Jonas's family from the nightly ritual of sharing feelings?

chapter one

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At first look, the sharing ritual looks like constructive family time. As we examine it, we begin to sense some disturbing things. The family sharing seems more like indoctrination. The Elders use this family time as a way for parents to spy on their kids as well as kids to spy on their parents. Both parents and kids are required to report any abnormalities. Parents are required to instill the values of the community.