The Giver

By Lois Lowry ~ Flyer Created by Alayah Hill

Summary

Jonas lives in a community where everything is strictly governed. The family units in which the citizens are allocated down to the way citizens communicate were carefully discussed and put into effect by the elders. Every year in December, the kids in the community advance into their next assigned age group. At the Ceremony of Twelve, the twelve-year-olds are given their Life Assignments. Unlike the rest of his group, Jonas is selected for a unique occupation, Receiver, and embarks on his journey to complete his training with his mentor, the Giver. Overtime, the Giver enlightens Jonas of a human sensation of the past: feelings. He realizes the truth about why this human characteristic was taken from the community, and when someone he loves is put in danger, his knowledge and training is put to the test.

Main Character ~ Jonas

Jonas is an exuberant 11-year-old boy who has a deep regard for his friends and family. However, he feels he is different. His differences play a role in his selection for the job of Receiver at the Ceremony of Twelve. He is resentful at first, but he eventually begins to enjoy his Life Assignment. He takes full responsibility in acquiring and understanding all of the memories transferred to him from the Giver. When he becomes more fond of the memories he understands the need for them in addition to feelings in real life. He questions why they were taken away from the citizens. When Gabriel, a baby who Jonas has grown attached to, is put in danger, he decides to escape to Elsewhere. By doing so he will attempt to rescue Gabe and restore necessary qualities back to the citizens' lives.

Three Other Important Characters

"He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt." ~ Lois Lowry, The Giver

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Questions

  • What is the theme of the story?
  • On what terms do you think the community was established?
  • The citizens had the memories taken away from them, but why do you think they had their ability to see colors taken away from them also?
  • Why do you think the citizens are required to use "precise language"?
  • Do you think Jonas reached elsewhere, why or why not?

Rating

*****~ Overall, I give the book five stars because it is interesting throughout and it provides the reader with a different perspective. The author maintains the altered dialogue of the characters. She also provides adequate information and descriptions about a variety of settings and incidents. This allows the reader to acquire a better image of what takes place.