Wars have been fought. People have gone mad. The entire world cannot seem to agree on the answer to one question: what is the meaning of life? In Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver, the community and the Elders who run it have their own answer-- to be a part of society and keep the community “perfect”. However, by getting rid of the aspects of life that cause problems, they are eliminating the purpose of living. Without choice, complex emotions, or individuality, life would not be special or have any meaning, something that the community in Lois Lowry’s novel does not understand. The ability to choose freely allows people to be different. This can be seen on page 97, where it says, “Well…” Jonas had to stop and think it through. “If everything 's …show more content…
However, this sort of thinking is not shared with the community. There, pointing out others’ differences is thought of as rude, a custom mentioned on page 20. This means that in the community, being different and individual was thought of as something to be ashamed about. Since the community is taught that differences are things to be ignored and that they are embarrassing, people with be less likely to understand that uniqueness is something to be proud about, not something to hide. For example, the many different races that can be found here are gone. Instead, everyone in the community has the same (presumably Caucasian) race. This is discovered on page 94 when the Giver says, “There was a time, actually...when flesh was many different colors. That was before we went to Sameness.” Now that the community went to Sameness, they lost a lot of special history and heritage that people could be proud of. The community did not realize that these three elements of the human condition are vital. They form the line between going through life and truly living. But we cannot blame them. After all, the community is not the only group of people who do this. Our society forces children through a system without any choice, expects them to think and feel simply, and tries to keep them from standing out unless they have found “the cure to cancer” or the like. No one can find the meaning
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Just think. Nobody has any knowledge of the past. You do not know what color is, you have no emotion, and everybody is the same. The world that you live in is colorless, emotionless, drab, even lifeless. This is the type of world that Jonas and The Giver live in.
Lea Vilna Santos Mrs. English, 7th September 1st, 2015 The Giver, by: Lois Lowry Log Entry 4: Chapters 7-8: Question 2: In chapters 7 and 8, Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory and although the Chief Elder calls it the greatest honor,it might give him more hardship and pain than fortune. She explains that the selection is rare and his role is very important because there is only one Receiver and it takes integrity, intelligence, courage, wisdom, and the capacity to see beyond to be that person. At first he wants to tell he has no idea what she means and that he doesn’t have it until he notices a change in the crowd that was quick but he knows that he isn’t dreaming because it’s happened before but to his apple. Then he realizes
In The Giver, Lois Lowry shows her readers what it is like to live in a society with no diversity, no color, and no freedom. In this society, there is a twelve-year old boy, named Jonas, who finds the truth about life outside of his community. He does not have the option of choice, and he is stuck in a futuristic world of “sameness”. Jonas’ world is dull, and he wants to change it because it does not have the amazing features and opportunities that he learns about. In this story, Lois Lowry is warning her readers that too much conformity can lead to no freedom and no true happiness.
The Giver and other dystopian novels like Fahrenheit 451 have some similarities and differences in the story line. First, The Giver and Fahrenheit 451 both share the fact that people are being controlled on the amount of knowledge that they know. Additionally, both societies have no idea of how they came to be. On the other hand, in The Giver Jonas slowly starts to realize that something about him is changing because he can see the color red but, in Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag just wants to take a risk because of his curiosity. Second, in Fahrenheit 451, Montag is a “firefighter” except, in his society he starts the fire instead of putting them out, while in The Giver the jobs/assignments are practical for everyday life in the community.
Rough Draft Living in a perfect world can not always be perfect. Our society is much better than a utopia, because people today have a world full of happiness and things to enjoy everyday, people learn more about the world and change it every day because of many resources there are, and there are holidays to bring our society joy and have help everyone through the pain in the world. Our society today is better than Jonas’s community because people have a world full of happiness and things to enjoy everyday. On page 80 of The Giver by Lois Lowry it states, "But what happened to those things?
Imagine living in a world with no freedom, choice, individuality, and color. Would you want to live in a world like this? Most of you would have said no, but a boy named Jonas has no choice, but to adhere to his community’s rules. In the book and the movie, “The Giver”, by Louis Lowery, Jonas finds it difficult to accept his community’s way of life. However, after he becomes the receiver of memory, he challenges the community after discovering what the world used to be like before sameness.
The poem The Giver by James Baldwin is a poem about giving your love away, and the consequences of giving. Baldwin is more known for his novels and short stories, but his poems are much more powerful than them. The Giver, describes the authors internal struggle in which he is trying to love everyone, but he feels guilty since he cannot fulfill this task. James Baldwin depicts how the human desire to love, is the strongest emotion in The Giver. Baldwin starts the poem with the first stanza, which tells the general message behind the poem.
“The Giver” Has a lot of structure from the ground up. Like how Lois Lorry set up the hole plot so well. Lois makes the zombie fell of all the factors so well were they don’t have a care in the world about killing babies. Jonas also has the same kind of devourment how he ends up realizing that he is in a world that is way less nice than it is made to be. Even the giver has the same kind of debemekt like the rest of them he goes through the first time that he is with Jonas as a time were nothing could change but after he has been with Jonas for a long time he does realize that he could have things change.
The most important assignment in the community. He must receive memories from the current receiver. The chief elder made the decision to make only one person bear the burden of the memories. Everyone thinks the community is perfect, a utopia, but Jonas sees all the flaws .Jonas changes throughout The Giver and as a result, tries to change the community.
One of the main themes in “The Giver” is the importance of individuality. The people in the community are not given any freedom to be individuals. They are not allowed to be different, and this creates less understanding of the world. This is why the community needs a receiver to understand these things for them.
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.
Giver Essay “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is about a boy, Jonas who has been chosen to be the receiver of memory in his community. The elders see Jonas as their next receiver of memory because he has the intelligence, courage, honesty, kindness, and curiosity, These traits help him gain the position of receiver of memory. The Giver is one of the smartest elders in the community is the only one with Jonas who has the memories. The memories were kept by the two people because the community couldn’t handle them so only the two people have to feel the pain and happiness in the memories. The community also eliminates the freedom of choice from the people because the elders decide everything for the people who live there.
The Perfect Place The society Lowry depicts in The Giver is a utopian society; a perfect world as envisioned by its creators. It has removed fear, pain, famine, illness, conflict, and hatred, all things that most of people would like to eliminate in today’s society. In this utopian community, major problems are rare, only minor problems such as scraping your knee would happen. Even when this would happen there would be medications sent to them.
Memories are one of the most important parts of life, there is no true happiness without the reminiscence of pain or love. This concept is portrayed in "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. The story tells of a 12-year old Jonas, who lives in a “utopian” society, where all bad memories are destroyed to avoid the feeling of pain. Jonas becomes the receiver, someone who receives good and bad memories, and he is transmitted memories of pain and pleasure from The Giver and is taught to keep the secret to himself. The author shows one should cherish memories, whether it be good or bad, as they are all of what is left of the past, and we should learn from it as to better ourselves in the future.