When i finished reading the book i had a lot of unanswered questions. What does the author Lois Lowry think about this community? Is this structure or system now practible? Is the book like an appeal to the community in our time ?
I think it is not clear to interpret or to get some information from the book.
She did not mention her own opinion and maybe the open ending is one clue for her neutral mind. Both communities have advantages and disadvantages. Maybe she wants us to think about our behaviour, our rules, our norms and our system in the community.
I write the end of this post till thursday evening ;)
Our community is coined of stereotypes, whether you live a life at ease, the culturally education, the religious education and the humans character. All these things affect the life in the community. Our rules are in the constitution but not as stern as it is in the community of the book 'The Giver' by Mrs. Lowry.
We do all have our own memories in which we are proud of. In my opinion the past is the most important time in our life. Everybody learns from mistakes or good happenings in the past. It is easier to comprehend things when you think about them in future. Besides Memories are often more than just memories. They are wonderful, special happenings in life. These happenings maybe changed the previous life. Birthdays of children or the wedding.
In the community of the book the life is limited. You do not have any memories. Memories of the community's past! I think this life is not the ideal of 'sameness'. When only the Receiver of Memory knows about the past and can change the elders plan, the rules are inconsequent. It is a hypocritical rule. The assignment is hypocritical. The allocation of every child is hypocritical.
The rule contradicts itself. The community is not real and not practicable with normal people. The normal human is egoistic, ambitious, sexual assassed, stolid and of course emotional.
To my mind this book is not a good example for the perfect life or for 'sameness'. Maybe Lois Lowry is a communist, i don't know, but with normal people such a system is not practicable and NOT FAIR!