The Giver Movie Vs Book Analysis

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The Giver is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a community without color, emotion, war, differences, pain, etc. There is only the community. That is until he gets his assignment where he sees and feels things that he never knew existed. One of the major script differences in the film is that we learn right away that Jonas’ community doesn’t see color. Another major script difference is that the ending in the film is different from the ending in the book. The Giver book is more powerful than the film because of its plot, characterization, and resolution. The plot of The Giver book is more powerful because it builds more suspense. In the book, the Ceremony of Twelve doesn’t happen right away so we can see how Jonas feels the days leading…show more content…
The cliffhanger ending is more powerful because we are left to wonder Jonas and Gabriel’s fate and we don’t have anything decided for us. In chapter 23 Lowry writes, “For the first time he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people signing”(179). Since Jonas had never heard music before it makes us wonder how he knows what it is. He could be dead and be hearing music or he could be having a memory from the Giver but we don’t really know. This ending is more powerful than the ending in the movie because it creates suspense by leaving us with a cliffhanger. We don’t know what happens to Jonas and this is more powerful than a happy ending. In the movie, Jonas goes down the hill on a sled and hears music, like in the book. Then we see him stand up and walk towards the house and the movie ends just as he reaches the house. The Giver movie is less powerful than the book because of the book’s storyline, characterization, and ending. From looking at both the novel and the film, filmmakers might consider following the plot of the book better and adding more details to the
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