Boy flees with Newchild!

The Giver

The Importance of Memory

What would life be like if no one had memory? If no one remembered the history of past mistakes? We'd constantly be destroying mankind's existence, failing at the same task over and over. We'd never learn, and we'd never grow the wiser. As shown in The Giver, what would happen if the Giver wasn't there, constantly reminding the elite group that their choices that will lead them to disaster? Or in another case, memories of horrors and destruction that they were about to create, unleashed onto the public.
"There's much more. There's all that goes beyond – all that is Elsewhere – and all that goes back, and back, and back. I received all of those, when I was selected. And here in this room, all alone, I re-experience them again and again. It is how wisdom comes. And how we shape our future."
If the wisdom of the past is necessary to make decisions of the future, then we can see why the community is so resistant to change. They don't have the knowledge they need to make choices, so everything stays the same. But what if they had that information? Wouldn't life be more....normal?
He rested for a moment, breathing deeply. "I am so weighted with them," he said.
Many need to consider the other side of memory. Memories may bring wisdom, but they also bring pain. The Giver forces us to ask if it's worth the suffering to gain the knowledge. Its physical for the Giver, but also emotional. He is emotionally burdened with horrors from humans and the wickedness that surround them. He has to constantly be ....reminded of how cruel they were. I believe that the thought to eliminate the cruel wicked ways, was what the people running the colorless city had of the idea of no choices. It would affect how they're community played it course in the long run.

Jonas lives in a perfect world, but when he's assigned the unique job of Receiver of Memories he begins to understand the things that have been sacrificed for this peaceful existence; Jonas and the previous Receiver of Memories, known as The Giver, make a plan that will return the world to a more loving, but also more dangerous place.

The Giver - The old man is known in the community as the Receiver of Memory. The Giver has held the community’s gathered memory for many years and uses his wisdom to help the Committee of Elders make important decisions.
Jonas - For an 11 year old boy he's sensitive and intelligent, he even has an advanced understanding that he doesn't realize he's got. Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memory for his community when he turns twelve. After his training begins, Jonas’s whole belief in his world changes. He develops an understanding for stronger emotions, bright colors, and pain, that makes him more involved and engaged about the Elsewhere, whats going on around him and the safety of the people he cares about.
Gabriel - The newchild that Jonas’s family cares for at night. He is sweet and adorable during the day, but has trouble sleeping at night unless Jonas puts him to sleep with some memories. He and Jonas become close, almost like brothers. He's possibly the most important character, for he gets Jonas to act by merely existing. Without him, who knows what would have been the push Jonas needed?
Main Events
1)
On Jonas's 12th birthday, all Twelves receive their assignment. Jonas gets the job as the Receiver of Memory.
2) Jonas sees his father's doing his job of "releasing babies" and Jonas learns of the murder that takes place. All because of the requirements the society has which the infants don't fall under!
3) Jonas escapes with his brother, Gabriel (who was set to be "released").

Lois Lowry

Born March 20, 1937 (age 75 years), in Hawaii
She grew up in Maine, but traveled a lot do to her fathers career path. After marrying young, a Naval officer, they went to California. They moved many more times, eventually towing four children along in the process. After settling in Maine she went back to the University of Southern Maine, got a degree, went to graduate school and finally started to develop her love for writing.
After her marriage ended in 1977, she met a man, Martin, who she married and lived with for the next thirty years. Unfortunately, he died as of spring of 2011.
She is currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her very loveable animals.
The Giver Awards and to the Author
-The 1994 Newbery Medal, given by the Association for the Library Service to Children. The award is for the most 'distinguished contribution to American literature for children.'
-The 1994 Regina Medal
-The 1996 William Allen White Award
And many, many more!