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 book,everyone has the same attribute’s but one twelve year old boy named Jonas. Throughout the novel,Jonas has suffer and has been misunderstood. Jonas opened his eyes to the reality of the community. This causes tears,anger,lonely’s,confused,unaware and misunderstanding.
Asher does not understand why Jonas is upset about the game. Later in the novel, Jonas gets angry at his father, because his father is actually killing people, to his dismay. Jonas’s friend Fiona is also learning to be a Nurturer. When Jonas was releasing really was, he was rightfully outraged. His father worked as a Nurturer, and the sight of his father killing someone made Jonas not want to go home.
Love and compassion for one another in families is a crucial component, as the bond between child and parent can never be stronger. Yet, in The Giver, there is no trace of love in between the members of what they call their ‘family unit.’ To name a family something so formal sounding without a trace of warmth can only mean for a more reserved gathering of people. Plus, Jonas, the protagonist of the novel, refers to his parents as Mother and Father, furthering the formality between parent and child. Additionally, the idea of equality is also crucial to all aspects of their society, meaning that no family can be any different than another. Unlike today’s society, a household cannot possess as many children and members as the guardians choose.
The debate will argue why the theme and why traditions and customs should exist throughout the novel. This will be backed up by information provided from the novel and my research. Tradition and customs appears frequently throughout the The Giver. The theme is portrayed as being used to to conceal what should be painful in the community. Death is therefore shown as a fictional “release.” The community in The Giver is where adults are under strict rules of traditions and customs just as much as children.
One of the main literary devices that is used to express the theme is characterization. There are multiple ways that this can be seen, through the narrator and Sonny, the artist. In the beginning, of the story it paints a picture of Sonny as “his face had been bright and open” but later states that “I couldn’t believe it: ……… all that light in his face gone out” showing that through development of character the hardships these brothers have gone through drove Sonny into doing something he regretted. Later it shows that Sonny has grown while in prison becoming reserved and quiet, the only place that the
In conclusion, I thought that The Giver displayed three major themes; The importance of freedom and individuality, the significance of memory and how it is related to wisdom, and finally maturity and becoming a certain age. Many examples showed how dangerous it is to fully conform, while others displayed the importance of memory to human life and the influence it has on it. Some also showed that one must be able to cope pain to gain sophistication, and aging means more freedom, but also less innocence. Lowry used themes and symbols well throughout the book to get me thinking about life and its small
Symbols are used all throughout the book to add depth to the story. One example of this would be how the children all receive different things as they get older, and how each item has something to represent. A quote that shows this is “females lost their braids at Ten, and males, too, relinquished their long childish hair and took on the more manly short style which exposed their ears” (p. 46) A second symbol in the book is Jonas seeing the color red which is a very “Emotionally intense color” and symbolizes the arrival in conflicting emotions in Jonas. A third and final example
Some will argue that these scenes in which aid readers in identifying universal themes of the work are pivotal in moving the work’s plot along. The death of the narrator’s daughter, Grace is a central part of the story because thereafter the narrator stays in contact with Sonny which was a pivotal point for the narrator of coming to the realization he needs Sonny as his brother. To begin, the narrator wrote Sonny in hopes of having someone who understood pain and darkness as the narrator felt in the wake of his daughter’s death. For instance, the author writes this seemingly short yet powerful sentence, “My trouble made his real.”(110) . At the core of this quote, the narrator uses the word “trouble” in describing the pain
The theme is that because the tree has a great bond with the boy and can’t let go of that even when the boy has taken everything from the tree. It also is the theme because the boy keeps coming back because he needs/wants something from the tree like when we go to are parents for something we need/want. Some examples from the book are that the trees keeps giving things to the boy so the boy could be happy. “...Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy” The tree keeps saying “then you will be happy” The tree only benefits by the boy being happy, but really the tree doesn't benefit at all.