The Giver By Lois Lowry: Summary

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Summary - December, the beginning of a change The Giver, a novel by Lois Lowry that has elements of both mystery and science fiction, keeps the reader engrossed to the end. Events of the novel are written from the point of view of Jonas, an eleven- year-old boy living with his parents and his seven-year-old sister Lily in a society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, hatred, and memories. Not only that, but it has also eliminated choice; at the age of twelve every member of the community is assigned a job based on his or her abilities and interests. Rules are set and citizens who violate rules are released and release in the community is death. Birthmothers never see their babies because they spend their first year in a Nurturing Center…show more content…
He thinks more seriously than the others do in his community about life, worrying about his own future as well as his friends. He enjoys learning and experiencing new things: he chooses to volunteer at a variety of different centers rather than focusing on one because he enjoys the freedom of choice that volunteer hours provide. Not only that but he also likes to be in contact with other people than his society permits or encourages. Virtually, Jonas is unique and unusual in a good way. At the Twelve Ceremony, he is selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, the most honored position in the community. Jonas by receiving these memories from the Giver has to retain all the abandoned memory of pain, war, and emotions and bear the pain alone so that the community can avoid the pain. Within a short time he gains wisdom from the memories he receives and realizes that people have given up their freedom for Sameness. He becomes angry and frustrated that is why he Risks his own life to save the citizens in his community. That is what I liked about Jonas’s character. He saw something different, something that would make the community he lives in better, so he decided to take an action and change the community forever. Even though he knows that he might be released for doing so because it is against society rules. However, his will and determination were the main motivation for
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