The Chosen Giver Runs Away?!

The Giver

Personal Responsibilities

Jonas lives in a society where every person is given a role and receives training in the particular role. Things may seem peaceful, however the people are very bland and don't know how pain feels or whether happiness exists. "Jonas has been selected." (p.60) Jonas was chosen to become the future Receiver. The Receiver controls the society and is the only one who has felt or understands the true world. "For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing." (p. 179) Some things in his society is not allowed such as music, so he goes on his risky journey and finally discovers new phenomenon.


Summary:

The "Perfect" society is proven wrong

Jonas is a boy who has been supported by his parents and thinks that the society is doing the best for the people. However, when he is given the title as the Receiver, his thoughts are completely changed. He learns new experiences and memories that are lost and excluded from the society. He does what is best for his friends, family, and the people, by abandoning his hometown and running away, where he finds the society he's been looking for.

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is the author of the award winner book of the John Newberry medal, "The Giver". She was born in Hawaii, but moved to different places such as New York, Pennsylvania, Tokyo, and etc. Her other books that she's written were "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger". She is a grandmother now and is trying to help the future develop into something more passionate.