By: Emma Hutchens
The apple is a symbol of change. It is a new beginning, a new way to see life and everything in it. It is what Jonas wishes to see in his society. He is the only one who can see the change in the color which resembles the change that he knows the town could have. The world he knows they could live in. Jonas has the ability to see change unlike the other citizens which is why only he sees the apple changing at first. The color red can mean love or hate showing that that is something the community does not have, but something that could also change. Since they have no feelings towards other individuals, there is no love or hate. Jonas sees the color of the apple which can symbolize the love or hate he could be feeling if he didn't take the pill. Color can have so much meaning and reason to something.
- The sled represents a new journey in life. You’re never exactly sure where it will lead you but you know it is unknown. When Jonas sleds down the hill with Gabriel they don't know where it will lead them but it gives them hope for a change in the environment they were in. It is a new start, a new beginning. Its an adventure you're willing to take because you are hopeful it will be better than the last “ride” or path your life was on.
You must use the memories you have from the past to make decisions for the future
Decisions and Choices
- Without the memories from the past it is hard for people to make decisions for the present and future of their lives. The Giver is full of decisions having to be made by Jonas, The Giver, Fiona, Asher, and many others in the society. It is a main vocal point to the rising action and climax of the narrative. The characters have to make decisions on what they will do the next day and how they will carry on with their life.
ELEMENT OF YOUR CHOICE:
Character Analysis: Jonas
In the book Jonas’ character can be defined through dialogue, and in the movie it can be shown through his actions and what he says. On pages 128 & 129 in the book Jonas is giving Gabe happy memories of “boat rides and picnics in the sun; memories of soft rainfall against windowpanes; memories of dancing barefoot on a damp lawn” and then says to Gabe, “There could be love” making us see his caring and giving thoughts toward others and especially baby Gabriel. Jonas is a very fatherly person towards Gabe. He is open to new ideas and wants others to have a chance to do something important. He wants others to experience; he is very concerned for other people and does not just worry about himself. He shows love to all people even though they do not know what it truly means. Another example of this is when he is in the garden with Fiona during the movie and he tries to show her his love and kindness even though she can not grasp what it is called. He wants to show others what it feels like; he wants to change things for them because he is giving and kind. Loving.