Jonas Flees To Unknown Village

The Giver

Concealment and Injustice

In my book The Giver by Lois Lowry, I interpreted the theme to be concealment and injustice. This is because the corrupt government conceals what feelings are. Though families throughout the district talk about feelings daily, they truly act as if think think their feelings and not feel them.

"Stirrings. He had heard the word before. He remembered that there was a reference to the Stirrings in the Book of Rules, though he didn't remember what it said. And now and then the Speaker mentioned it. ATTENTION. A REMINDER THAT STIRRINGS MUST BE REPORTED IN ORDER FOR TREATMENT TO TAKE PLACE."

Stirrings are dreams that young adolescents have when they are experiencing love or affection towards someone else. In the quote when the speaker says treatment must take place he is talking about the pill that makes you lose the feeling of love. This is one of the ways the government blurs the people's vision of feeling.

The people are also not allowed to pick their own jobs which I think is very unjust because I think that the people should be able to choose what they will be doing for the rest of their lives.

"What's important is the preparation for adult life, and the training you'll receive in your Assignment."

This was a conversation between Jonas and his father when they were discussing Jonas's feelings toward his Assignment ceremony. This quote is basically saying all of your childhood is supposed to go towards your Assignment, which might not even be something you desire.

Jonas discovers the true meaning of life and feelings through lost memories.

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the apprenticeship of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his "perfect" world and struggles with the thought of what could have been.

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the 1970's. Many were amused by her writing talent which got her to write her first children's book A Summer to Die in 1977. Since then she has written over thirty books for children and published an autobiography. One of the many reasons why Lois is admired is because she writes about controversial topics for children. She has written about racism, illness, and even the Holocaust in her books. Two of her most famous books have been awarded the Newbery Medal: Number the Stars in 1989, and The Giver in 1993.