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According to a National Geographic study, redheads are at risk of becoming extinct.

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In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, the author writes on page 98: The Giver chuckled, suddenly. “We’ve never completely mastered Sameness. I suppose the genetic scientists are still hard at work trying to work the kinks out. Hair [red] like Fiona’s must drive them crazy.”

Although redheads reportedly represent only 2% of the world’s population, in Lowry’s novel the color red appears to be too challenging to eliminate or control in a world dominated by Sameness. What might we infer from this? What is red symbolic of in our society and, or in nature? What might this imply about Lowry’s dystopian world?

8 Comments to

“According to a National Geographic study, redheads are at risk of becoming extinct.”

  1. February 22nd, 2013 at 3:32 PM      Reply Isis Dave Says:

    We may infer in Lowry’s dystopian world that people with eyes like The Giver, Jonas, and Gabriel may see that there is not sameness within each other.


  2. February 22nd, 2013 at 3:37 PM      Reply khalliya Says:

    According to a National Geographic study, redheads are at risk of becoming extinct. I think red heads aren’t at risk because there are toddlers walking around here w/ [sic] redhead and they carry the genes for red hair.


  3. February 27th, 2013 at 9:03 AM      Reply Keanna Says:

    Red symbolic of in our society is blood ,love, and classic. I can infer from this by red you can see it fast then the other color.


  4. February 27th, 2013 at 9:12 AM      Reply Love Sosa Says:

    No, redhead is not being extinct because, people die their hair red all the time. And in the book “The Giver”, red is a hard color to erase because red is very meaningful. Red reps love, danger , and hot chips. Red is a color that stands out . If someone is wearing red in a crowd you would notice them because out of all color red stands out.


  5. February 27th, 2013 at 9:14 AM      Reply Love Sosa Says:

    No, redhead are not being extinct because, people die their hair red all the time. And in the book The Giver, red is a hard color to erase because red is very meaningful. Red reps love, danger, and hot chips. Red is a color that stands out. If someone is wearing red in a crowd you would notice them because out of all the colors red stands out.


    • February 27th, 2013 at 12:03 PM      Reply Ms. Hayes Says:

      So, is the study about natural red-heads, people born with red hair, or the people who get their color from a bottle? These are two different circumstances, one being determined by nature, the other a consumer preference. How might you write “Red reps” in a more conventional format?


  6. February 28th, 2013 at 1:44 PM      Reply Ebony Says:

    No i think that red hair are not going away their red hair dominance are just more uncommon than they use to be.


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