The Giver; By Lois Lowry

Flyer: Jivan Beltran

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Main Character

The main character of the Giver is Jonas. Jonas is picked as the receiver, and his job is to keep memories of the community. Jonas is sensitive and intelligent compared to the other kids. After his training he starts to experience new colors and have strong emotions. Throughout the book Jonas is thoughtful.


During the ceremony of thee twelves, Jonas was picked as a receiver, which means he received memories from the past. Jonas meets the Giver which is basically his mentor. Jonas gets these memories when the Giver puts his hands on Jonas's back. Jonas receives good and bad memories like sadness and love. Jonas can also transfer these memories.

Other Main Characters

Some other main characters is the Giver, Jonas's father, and Jonas's mother.

The Giver- An old man that has the memories of the community. He is the receiver of memories and is going to be the Giver because of Jonas. The Giver has gone through a lot. He went through pain, but he also helped the Committee of Elders with his wisdom.

Jonas's Father- Jonas's father is a well-mannered nurturer who is very sweet with his two children. He works with children and even if he loves them dearly, if he has to, he will release them. He does this because he thinks its the decision for them.

Jonas's Mother- A delightful woman, who has an important job in the Department of Justice, which she takes very important. She wants people to learn from their excuses and gives Jonas advice throughout his life.

Quote from The Giver

"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."

- Lois Lowry, "The Giver"

Questions about The Giver

1. How would the story be different if it didn't have Gabriel in it?

2. Why do you think the Committee of Elders picked Jonas as the Receiver?

3. If you could pick any character in the story to be, who would it be and why?

Overall Rating

The book was good, but it could've been a lot of short. I felt like the author stretched the story for no reason. Even though it was a veery good book, and I really recommend buying it.