The decision of the Committee

In the very first chapter of the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, the speakers voice announces that the pilot of the jet will be released because he flew on a wrong route. Jonas explains that this is a severe punishment: "For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure.” (Chapter 1, 18%).

 Apart from that, release is used as a punishment for repeat offenders when they have done wrong three times. Release is a means of pressure to ensure that community members abide by the rules

However, release is not used only as a punishment:

There were only two occasions of release which were not punishment. Release of the elderly, which was a time of celebration for a life well and fully lived; and release of a newchild, which always brought a sense of what-could-we-have-done. (Chapter 1, 73%). 

Newborn babies who do not develop properly are released. Old people who are considered no longer productive are also released. Before it happens, a Ceremony of Release is held together ...

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