The Giver

Self vs. Society

The Giver is a book where society is perfect, no feelings, no colors, everyone has given jobs and names. At the age of twelve, Jonas is chosen to be the next receiver of memories. The Giver gives him memories of the past, colors flow back to him, feelings come back, and memories of wars as well. Jonas wishes that life could be like how it was back then, where you could FEEL. "I liked the feeling of love, I wish we still had that." He whispered. Jonas, pg 126. This quote is after Jonas receives the memory of love, and how great it was. "The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. The loneliness of it. Memories need to need to be shared." -The Giver pg. 154.


The life in the community is very simple. No feelings, no pain, and no colors. Jonas, one of two main characters is selected to be the next receiver of memories. He starts receiving memories from the Giver, the past receiver of memories. These memories are full of joy, but others are of past war times and starvation. Jonas wishes he could bring back these memories back to the people of the community. The Giver agrees, and they devise a plan. Jonas will escape out of the community, and in doing so all of his memories he has received will go with him, and back to the community. The Giver will then help the community adapt. But will it work?


Lois lowry is the author of the award winning book, The Giver. The Giver has received numerous awards such as the Newbery medal, and the Regina medal.