The Giver

By Lois Lowry (Project by Rafael Hernandez)

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

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Overview

Set in a dystopian future at a community where everything is controlled and supervised, "The Giver" follows a boy named Jonas who is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory at the Ceremony of Twelve by the Community's Committee of Elders. From then on, he meets with the Giver, who teaches him about Memories and the Color of the world. But as Jonas becomes more self aware, he realizes the Community may be shadier than he once thought.

Jonas

Jonas is the main protagonist of the book, and is selected as the new Receiver of Memory because of his ability to "See beyond". He later learns about and receives memories, both happy, sad, and even gruesome, learns about feelings, and discovers colors from The Giver. However, as he learns more about the inner workings of the Community and the inhumane way they handle things, he decides that he cannot live in the Community any longer, and runs away to "Elsewhere". However, the Community considers him an enemy, and tries to retrieve him. Along with the Community's persistent searches, Jonas dealt with the dangers of cold and hunger, until he finally arrived to a place where he was welcome...

Questions

-How would the book have ended if Jonas was caught by the Community

-Was Jonas' decision of leaving the Community rational

-Why do you think this?

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