Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver points to the importance of true emotions and love. In the community Lowry creates, the spouses are selected by the committee and brought together on the basis of suitable traits. The goal is for the partners to complement each other in their abilities and personalities in such a way that they form a successful family unit and raise their children in an exemplary manner according to the rules of the community.
The members of the community do not marry each other for love because the members do not know this feeling at all. The members of the community are trained not to feel emotions. The Giver says of Fiona, "Feelings are not part of the life she’s learned." (Chapter 20, 17%).
For example, when Jonas asks his parents if they love him, they don’t understand what he wants from them:
'Do you love me?' There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. 'Jonas. You, of all people. Pre...