Giver Essay

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Jonas, the protagonist in Lois Lowry’s The Giver experiences a rite of passage in which he overcomes isolation, changes and finally, renewal. When Jonas is selected for the job Receiver of memory, in his community of sameness, he feels isolated from all of his friends. As he learns about memories from the past, he overcomes many changes that confuse and frustrate him. When he experiences his renewal, he comes out, different, not the same little, innocent boy he used to be. Jonas experiences a rite of passage through isolation, change and renewal.
During Jonas’s Rite of Passage, he experiences isolation. First, Jonas is selected for a job no one else has. All of his peers are called onto the ...view middle of the document...

When he sees his friends, he is comforted, but when they start to play a warlike game, he is disturbed. His friends get angry and confused with him, and he feels isolated because he cannot tell them why he is miserable. Isolation is a stage of Jonas’s rite of passage he cannot tell anyone what he is doing, he has different rules than anybody else, and he cannot say why he is so disturbed.
Jonas experiences may transitions before he reaches his renewal. First, Jonas realizes that his community cannot decide for themselves. His friend’s hair flashes in a way that is indescribable. An apple changes in some way for an instant. A book on a shelf just is. The indescribable differences Jonas begins to experience are colors. As he learns the colors through transmitted memories, Jonas becomes upset, he wants his community to see colors.
One day, Jonas and his friend Asher are passing a box of bright red flowers and Jonas stops. Slowly, he turns to his friend and asks him if there is anything different about the flowers. Asher cannot see the colors and asks Jonas what he is talking about. Thus, proving that the people in his community cannot see colors. Frustrated, Jonas asks the Giver why the people cannot see colors saying that he would prefer to choose using colors. A red tunic or a blue one? The Giver tells Jonas that there was a time where people could make their own choices, but in the community he lives in, when choices went away so did the color.
Another example of change, is when Jonas asks about the previous Receiver. The Giver explains that after seeing a memory of pain, she did not feel capable to continue her job and was released. Prompting the question “what is a release?” The Giver shows a video of the morning’s release where Jonas watches his father hold a little baby in his arms cooing softly. Jonas’s father reaches into his smock and pulls out a needle with a serum in it and injects it into the baby’s head. The baby stops moving its tiny arms and legs and slowly, it’s tiny chest stops rising and falling. With a feeling of realization Jonas get very distraught. His father killed the baby. A release was not meant to kill someone, yet Jonas’s father puts the dead baby in a box and sent it down a garbage shoot. This difficult realization changed how Jonas looks at his father...forever.
Last, the Giver transmits a memory of love to Jonas in which he feel warm and happy. Later that night, Jonas...

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