The Giver

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The Giver

The setting of The Giver is in a futuristic society of Sameness. It is almost December, when the annual cermony takes place at the beginning of the book.

The Giver Lois Lowry 

The main character of The Giver is a 12 year old boy, Jonas, who lives in a dystopian society of Sameness. Everything seems perfect: no pain, no jealousy, no war, no hunger; at the same time there is no love, no choices, no freedom, no colors, no music, and worst of all, no feelings. The Giver, the most respected person in the society, is the only connection between those two worlds. Jonas, who is selected to be the future Receiver of Memory, is given the unique opportunity to be trained by the Giver. As time goes on, Jonas realizes through his training that the people in his community are living such shallow lives, missing out on how emotionally rich life can really be. They do not understand anything. Jonas decides to help the community while risking his own life. The author of The Giver, Lois Lowry, leaves the ending of the book open to each reader’s interpretation.

Summary

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”- The Giver

The main theme of The Giver is individuality vs. conformity. Jonas’s community values Sameness in order to protect their citizens from making the wrong choices. Actually there is no room for choices all together. All citizens strictly follow rules without questioning them. Precision of language is instrumental in Jonas’s community. Using words like love, compassion, and connection is panelized. The other themes that exist in The Giver are importance of memory, suffering, love, and true friendship. Jonas’s community decided to give up those values for Sameness and security.

Characters

Jonas: The protagonist of The Giver and the main character. He is an intelligent, courageous, and compassionate boy with the ability to see beyond. He is selected to become the new Receiver of Memory and has the great opportunity to train with the Giver.Giver: The previous Receiver of Memory and a major character. He trains Jonas to become the new receiver, by giving him memories. Father: A major character. He is a nurturer and Jonas’s father.Mother & Lily: They are minor characters. A part of Jonas’s family. Lily is Jonas’s younger sister and the mom is his mother. Gabriel: Major character. A young unique baby boy that Jonas’s father nurtures and takes to his home. Asher & Fiona: Major/ Minor characters. Jonas’s best friends. Rosemary: Minor character. The Giver's daughter.

This is a book is for people who are into dystopian and utopian books. The age group I recommend it to is 11 years and older. I give this a 4.5 star rating, because I like the plot events but I did not like the cliff hanger ending.

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