Literary Analysis: The Giver Imagine a world where everything seems perfect but truly it is not as pleasant as it appears. In The Giver by Lois Lowry shows us a community in the future with no feelings at all. Jonas a twelve year old boy knows his life as it is and one evening he learns the truth about the community. Jonas set’s off into a adventure to change it all. Character,conflict,and symbolism makes the reader see thru the eyes of a twelve year old in a place of slavery disguised without anyone knowing it.
In The Giver by Lois Lowry, the main character, Jonas, can undoubtedly be considered a hero. Jonas’ actions throughout The Giver are a quality example of the archetypal pattern of the Hero’s journey, and to depict this I used a variety of text, illustration, and color throughout my graphic novel.
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose and to do it courageously.” This quote by Dr. Steve Maraboli states that life has a purpose that you have to reach out to. The objects in life are growth and the discovery of new things, and that can’t happen unless you push your limitations. The main character, Jonas, in Lois Lowry’s The Giver goes through a similar encounter when he is specially selected as the Receiver of Memories for his community. With his assignment as the Receiver, Jonas begins to see his community differently and its absence in color, feeling, and choices.
We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others. (Lois Lowry 95) The central theme of the novel of Lois Lowry, The Giver, is that the humanity of each individuals are more precious and important than a world where things and people are the same. The fact that equality worth more than an emotion and individuality of a person portrays the Community in the novel.
Have you ever wondered if there could possibly be a community where no one has any idea of normal everyday things? Well then the Giver is just one example. The Giver has a long history, and it all started with Lois Lowry’s dad and how he forgot his memory of any bad thing and Lois Lowry started thinking what a Community would be like without any painful memories and she came up with The Giver. The Giver revolves around a young boy named Jonas who was chosen to be the new Receiver of Memory which is the highest honor in his community. While Jonas is training he gets all of the memories that everyone else in the community has and then starts to think why can’t other people have these memories he then comes up with a plan to escape the community
(STEWE-1) Jonas now knowing the truth has broken him into a thousand pieces. This is a big moment because this is when the giver and Jonas begin to plan his escape. Jonas is desperate to be with the giver because it is his only real relationship “I 'll do it. I think I can do it.
Imagine living in a community where one person is chosen to hold all of the world´s memories. Being alone, afraid and separate. Jonas has been through all of these emotions as the Receiver. Jonas's assignment to be the Receiver of Memory is a punishment. Jonas has to receive painful and harsh memories from the Giver, that no one else has to have.
The Giver then told Jonas he would be glad to share that memory with him. He transmits the memory of a christmas morning, grandparents and love. Jonas liked the memory and wanted to be able to feel it all the time. When Jonas got home he asked his parents if they loved him, They were a little fluster about the word love and told him to pay attention to his precision of language. His father told Jonas that the word love is absolutely meaningless.
In the novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry, the community takes away all memories and gives them to The Giver and Jonas. The community also took away pain, personal rights, and memories. Jonas was assigned for his job as the The Receiver. The Giver gave all of the past memories to Jonas and Jonas does not think that his community should live without these happy and traumatic memories. One person should not hold all the memories because people can learn from past mistakes, personal happiness, and diversity within the community.
The giver by Lois Lowry- Analytical essay ________________________________________________________ What if we lived in a world of peace and equality? What if we lived in a world with no differences? A world with no social classes and inequality. That sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?
The Giver is a novel that is set in a society that strives to be a utopia. A utopia is essentially a is “a place where no one has to make a decision, feel pain or even have a negative thought or a bad memory” (Goepfert). In The Giver their community focuses so intensely on this concept of a peace that they make many sacrifices in their pursuit to obtain it. This includes the loss of emotion, lack of individuality, deceit of the public, and a great burden on a small few. Ultimately the cost of this utopia is too high for this society.
I have read the novel, “The Giver”, written by the famous American writer Lois Lowry. This book was written under author’s impression after visiting her aging father in the hospital, who had lost his long term memory. The idea of the book is the importance of memory. The novel is set in a society which seems like utopian, in this society there is no hunger, sadness, or misery. However this utopian society is held from experiencing true emotions. This lack of emotion is causing serious problems for the main character Jonas, when he was elected to be the new guardian of memory. It was his job to make sure no one found out about the past. Since the community is build perfect, and they will not feel any kind of emotion even if it’s a good feeling like love.
Here he is referring to the new feelings he has gained from the memories. We know that these came from the memories because Jonas also thinks to himself the “feelings came also from the memories.” (Lowry, 130) These pieces of evidence work together to show that Jonas and the Giver have more enhanced feelings because of their memories, and how you express yourself through your emotions really shapes how you are as a person. If That wasn’t enough either, the Giver explicitly says "Jonas, you and I are the only ones who have feelings.”
Jonas, a 12 year old kid, who grew up in a community with no color, uniqueness or feelings discovers these things as he gets memories through the Giver. In The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas becomes the new receiver and he gains memories of the past and of things he never knew existed. Jonas eventually decides that he wants to leave the community after he notices everything that 's wrong with his utopia. As Jonas leaves the community, discovering his newly found knowledge, he learns that taking risks help growth and love truly conquers all.