You should give up everything to help the ones you love.
You shouldn't trade your personalities.
Leader is Jonas from the first book in the First book, The Giver by Lois Lowry we know this because in the text it states, “The Museum held remains of a broken sled in a glass case and the inscription explained that it had been Leader’s arrival vehicle” (Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page). The quote proves that Leader is Jonas because it isn’t a coincidence that both Leader and Jonas arrived in a sled. It also says, “The first time I saw beyond? It was an apple” Lois Lowery the Messenger Page 103). This matches up with Jonas because they both see beyond and both saw and apple first which implies Leader is Jonas. Leader is leader of Village (Hence the name Leader). As the leader, Leader has a lot of responsibilities that all leaders face. Keeping the peace alerting his neighboring establishments of things that will affect them, prolonging Village, and serving his people (Village is democracy, in the text it states, “They’ll be voting tomorrow” (Lois Lowry, The Messenger page 89)). But the most interesting thing about him is his gift. In the text it states, “Finally leader turned to Matty standing beside him. ‘He’s told you that I see beyond, hasn’t he?” This gift him is exactly what it would seem to be he can see farther then his normal eyes can. He can even see what’s going on in surrounding Villages with no obstructions in his way. But it drains his energy and it takes him time to gain it back each tie he does it. Another quality leader possess is he is loyal friend. Even when the forest was extremely dangerous to pass he still did to help his friends. Leader is motivated by what he believes what best for Village he is a static character and a protagonist in the story. He motivates the story by giving Matty missions.
Kira is Matty’s friend in the previous book gathering blue she was the main character in the previous book Gathering blue. Kira has been deformed since birth, one of her legs is twisted so she can’t walk without a walking stick but she does not let that stop her from helping others. Since the last book she has cleaned up her village made it a better place for everyone. She got rid of the Fen (The village’s equivalent to the ghetto). She has gotten rid of all prejudice towards deformities. Also a problem she got rid of that was directly discussed was the sexism in the village in the text it says, “… he knew then for certain how this village was, for in the earlier days, girls had not been allowed to learn. ”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, Page 126) She is also a kind person in the story she takes care of Matty after her journey by feeding him and his dog plus letting him sleep where she lived and for as long as she is in the story she is helping someone. Her motivation to do what she does in the story is she misses her father and feels she has accomplished everything in her village. She is a static character and a protagonist.
The Climax of the story is when Matty Forces all his energy into the ground and then heals the Forest and Village. This is the Climax because the conflict is resolved. In the text it says, “He gave himself to it willingly, traded himself for all that he loved and valued and felt free” in this part of the story Matty just died all his energy just healed the village, making it the way the was before the majority of the people became greedy by making everyone normal, which means the conflict was resolved. Also we know it the Climax because it’s the most suspenseful part of the story just before Matty was already dying Kira was going into a comma Leader was entangled and Frolic was dead. All seemed lost. Then suddenly Matty started to do something just out of the blue, which was healing Forest and Village. Finally we know it’s the Climax because the falling action begins immediately afterwards. The tension dies down Matty is at peace and we see exactly how the conflict was resolved.
The major conflict in the story is Matty and his friends’ .v. society. In the text the majority of the people in the story are becoming greedy people who don’t want to share any of Villages things with new comers any more, in the text the villagers say, “We need all our fish for ourselves. Our school is not big enough to teach their children, too; only our own. They can’t even speak right .We can’t understand them. They have too many needs. We don’t want to take care of them.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 94). When Matty and his friends, want Village to remain the same way it was. They wanted a society without greed a society that welcomed everyone into its borders.
The solution to the conflict was simple but costed Matty his life. In the story Matty has the power to heal things trough touch. In Gathering blue and The Messenger, Matty has healed two puppies, and frog. Throughout the story he was talking about how he didn’t know what to do with his power. But at the climax he uses to healing power to heal Forest and Village setting everything back to before everyone become greedy. But to do so he had to sacrifice himself because it exhausted all the energy in his body. In the text it states, “He saw Jean, beside her garden, call out to her father; and he saw Mentor, stooped once more, and balding, wave to her from the path where he was walking toward the schoolhouse with a book in his hands. His face was stained again with the birthmark, and poetry had returned to him. Matty heard him recite: Today, the road all the runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. He saw the wall builders walk away from their work. He heard the new ones singing in their own languages – a hundred different tongues, but they understood one another. He saw the scarred women standing proudly in their midst beside her son, and the people of Village gathered to listen.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 184&185) After dying Matty witnessed how healing Village brought it back to normal.
Ø Forest: The outcome of greed. “It [The forest] was a tangled knot of fears and deceits and dark struggles for power that had disguised itself and almost destroyed everything.
Ø Matty (A.K.A. Healer): Selflessness. This because Matty has to go through hardships and sacrifice to reach his goal and when someone is selfless they must endure hardships and sacrifice a lot things for others.)
Ø Mentor: How greed changes people. In the story Mentor goes through an extreme amount of negative changes as a result of greed.In the text it says"The puppy once he would have loved a naughty puppy, Matty the way he loved you when you were a raggedy boy. I knew for certain yesterday when he kicked the puppy. Till then I only suspected.' Jean wiped her eyes with the back of her hand and left another endearing streak of dirt. 'and the petition!' Matty added, thinking of it suddenly. 'Yes. Father always welcomed new ones. It was the most wonderful part of father, how he cared for everyone and tried to help them learn. But now..."(Lois Lowry The Messenger page 77)
Ø Village: People, The Village represents people because that is what changes depending on the situation just like people.
The tone of The Messenger is excited. This is because the author writes at a fast pace using smaller sentences with average vocabulary level. In the text its states, “But didn’t he know what would happen? Hadn’t he received Warnings?” (Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 17) This proves what I said earlier because it is exactly as I described the sentence structure. Since the author puts a lot of detail for such small sentences makes pace a lot faster because the readers have to comprehend a lot of information in the short time that they read it. So the tone is defiantly excited because of how fast paced the story is. Another example is,” Ramon called to Matty but didn’t stop. He was hurrying past eager to get to the Villages entrance place, where new ones always come in.” Another reason the tone is excited is that the author is describing exciting things whether it’s a massive crowd forming or a suspicious gathering.
The mood is intense. The author makes what’s going on to the character constantly intense. Even the most tedious of parts still has a level of intensity that comes from a sort of suspense. In the text it says, “It began with the tiniest sensation. It was different from the larger feeling s that still racked his body: the searing agony in his arms and hands, the almost unendurable ulceration of his parched mouth, the feverish pounding of his head.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 183). The author writes thrilling events with imagery that makes even the dullest imagination can image extremely intense things plus the excited tone helps make it more intense.
The point of view and perspective.
The story the messenger is told form the perspective of Matty in the third person.In the text it states,"he knew he would not reenter the forest and return by those same dark paths that now seemed so ominous." (Lois Lowery The Messenger page 124) We know its being told in Matty's point of view because Its just his opinion and what he's thinking. We know Its in third person point of view because the text uses pronoun he in stead of I. Also because the text is talking about him instead of him talking (or thinking) about whats going on. The story is most likely written in Matty's perspective because he is around during all the major events. But when he isn't around for something the author briefly changes the perspective to some one else. For example in the following quote the perspective has been changed to leaders. quote,"" Leader walked forward. He wiped his face with his hands and felt the lesions fade, as if they had been cleansed away."(Lois Lowery The messenger page 184 )
The Gaming Machine
I thought I would take about pages 23-28 this stood out me because it helped us get to know Seer and Matty better. In the text it states,"If we had a a gaming Machine,' Matty commented in a studied of hand manner, 'our evenings would never be boring' 'You think our evenings are boring,Matty? I thought you enjoyed reading together. 'Seer laughed, and corrected himself. 'Sorry. I meant your reading to me, Matty, and my listening. It's my favorite time of day.' Matty shrugged. 'No, I like reading to you, Seer. But I meant it's not exciting."(Lois Lowry The messenger page 24) In just this part of the section alone we learn that Seer and Matty have strong bond with each other. That Seer isn't depressed about being blind in fact he laughs about about it when he say's something that implies him looking at something which teaches us that he sense of humor. Also we learn that Seer is wise and cares about Matty based on what he say's during the 23-28. Also we learn a lot more about Matty. We learn he wants the things his friends has which makes a more relatable to wide amount of people. Also we learn that he makes a lot of excuses comments to get what he wants he also uses form of trickery too proving once again why Matty is still childish.
Jean opening up.
Matty’s sacrifice is an extremely important part of the story. In the text it states, “He saw Jean, beside her garden, call out to her father; and he saw Mentor, stooped once more, and balding, wave to her from the path where he was walking toward the schoolhouse with a book in his hands. His face was stained again with the birthmark, and poetry had returned to him. Matty heard him recite: Today, the road all the runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. He saw the wall builders walk away from their work. He heard the new ones singing in their own languages – a hundred different tongues, but they understood one another. He saw the scarred women standing proudly in their midst beside her son, and the people of Village gathered to listen.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 184&185) This quote proves its importance because as result of Matty sacrifice the Village was saved. Everything returned to normal meaning the conflict was solved. Since this part is the climax it is the most important part.
Gatherers death I think is an important part of the story. In the text it states, “Did you keen? I think we may have heard you.’ ‘Yes. They had enough. But since I was there, they let me join I have this cough, though I only went because I wanted to see the body.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 16) In this part of the story we learn about one of Village’s cultural values keening the dead. Also though at the time we don’t realize it when read it we see that Ramon’s parents traded their children’s health for the gaming machine because when they traded Ramon developed a cough which would later become a great illness inside him later on in the story. Also later on when Ramon describes Gathers corps and we learn just how gruesome it was to be killed by the forest.
The arrival of the new ones
Me and Ramon.
I think the character Ramon and me easily. In the text it states, “Ramon spoke in the self-important tone of one who likes being a conveyor of news. Matty was very fond of friend but sometimes suspected that true name might eventually turn of out to be boaster.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 14) This is a quality I think Ramon and me where both relatively good friends but its thing like being self-important and other qualities that annoy our friends and family (Though I probably more aware of them and more ashamed of some of them). Also in the text it states, “Did you keen? I think we may have heard you.’ ‘Yes. They had enough. But since I was there, they let me join”… “I only went because I wanted to see the body.”(Lois Lowry, The Messenger, page 16) Another thing we have in common is curiosity and we both pay close attention to detail when it suits us. It takes a real psychos like us stare at gruesome dead body and not feel too bad about them and care more about mentally recording every aspect about his death and not get paid for it.
Different point of view/Perspective.
rewrite #1 (Pages 52- 54)
New ones are coming! Someone yelled. Mentor groaned he had been sleeping. The world seemed to spin around, then it stopped and Mentor got up to see what was happening. He looked out his window he didn’t hear the boy yell but when he got a glimpse of a raggedy girl and the crowd that was forming he knew exactly what was going on. He rushed and got dressed he complained to himself as he did it. He said, “I will not stand for this, I’m not going put up with more new ones.” He rushed out the door; he started chanting, “Close. Close No more. No more.” He chanted louder as more people joined him. The welcoming group was uncertain how to react. They continued to smile at the new ones and reach forward to take their hands. But the chant made everyone uncomfortable.
rewrite#2 (Page 75)
Matty finally came for his puppy Jean thought, “He’s shut in the shed. Did you bring a rope to bring him home” Jean yelled to Matty. Matty replied, “Don’t need one. He’ll follow his way with dogs.” Jean got up from tending to her garden, she giggled to herself about what Matty said but her father still troubled her mind. “I wish I did” she said, “I can’t control him at all. He’s grown so fast, and he’s very strong and determined. My father is beside himself, wanting such a wild thing gone.” Matty grinned at what she said. Jean wanted tell him about her father but wasn’t sure if she should.
Other values are to respect the dead and to fear the forest. we know these are values as well because the citizens chant when some one dies for hours sometimes and people are very cautious when being around the Forrest because it could try to kill them.