By: Lois Lowry, Flyer By: Archana Thekkepat
Jonas is the main character of the story. Jonas is a 11 year old boy who became the Receiver of Memories at age 12 in the Ceremony of the 12. Jonas trains with the Giver and receives memories from the Giver. Jonas is very curious, thoughtful, and caring for family/friends. He is different, smart, brave, nice, unusual, and emotional. Jonas is easily amazed by the world, colors, and memories that are around him and that he holds. Jonas faces many challenges throughout the book. He faces the challenge of maturity as well as the challenge of receiving painful memories. Jonas also faces a conflict in which deciding to leave the community. Also at the end of the book he faces the challenge of survival.
The Giver is the old Receiver of Memories who is known as wise, thoughtful, caring, emotional, unusual, and different. He trains Jonas to become the new Receiver of Memories. The Giver believes that the memories should belong to everyone in the community. He is old and experiences a lot of pain since he holds many painful memories.
Fiona is one of Jonas's friends. She has red hair and is the same age as Jonas. Fiona became the Caretaker of the Old in the book during the Ceremony of the 12. Fiona is thoughtful, nice, patient, understanding, caring, and well-mannered.
Asher is Jonas's best friend. He is funny, carefree, fun, caring, unusual, and loving. He usually mixes up his words and is not good in language, so he was punished a lot when he was smaller. During the Ceremony of the 12 Asher gets assigned the job of Assistant Director of Recreation in the book.
Great Quotes From the Book
"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. Its's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." Lois Lowry, The Giver
Other Great Quotes:
"Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents. And everybody would have memories. You know about memories." Lois Lowry, The Giver
“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.” Lois Lowry, The Giver
“If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!” Lois Lowry, The Giver
“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver
- What are the roles that the Giver plays in the story?
- In what ways is the "community" not safe?
- What are the points and reasons that led Jonas to the decision of escaping the "community" to "elsewhere"?
- What is "sameness" and what are some examples of "sameness" that are seen in everyday life?
- If you were Jonas would you have made the same decision that he had or would you do something else? If so what would you do?
The futuristic and imaginative plot of the story was very interesting. I like the overall plot of the story as well as how the author developed the plot. I also liked how the author developed the setting of the story and how he brought out and described the characters. The drama and plot twists of the story also added to the interest of the story. All in all the story was great and interesting.
I would have liked the ending to be more concise and juicy. I also didn't like how the author didn't use the point of view of the Giver. If the author had, then the readers would be able to know the Giver's thoughts and the way he sees everything that happened in the story.