The Giver Essay

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The Giver
The Giver portrays three very important themes. One of which is we should always question something we don’t agree with, the other being we are all individual and being individual is a good thing and the last one being love is important and needed to help you get through the rough times in life. Some people might not realize one of these themes but once they do the way they look at themselves, others and the world changes. Examples of these themes are evident throughout the story and Lois Lowry does a great job emphasizing them.
The theme of “we should always question something we don’t agree with” is boldly mentioned and shown near the middle and end of the story. After Jonas got chosen to be the receiver of memory one of the items of his training instructions was “You may ask any question of any citizen and you will receive answers.” This shows that asking questions and getting answers is an important part of wisdom. So soon he was asking questions such as “What happened to her [previously chosen receiver of memory]?” Doing so gave him wisdom on what had previously happened and what he should try to avoid. If he had not asked this question he wouldn’t have known that the previous receiver failed and well If you don’t know history you are bound to repeat it. Sometimes though we ask questions that we realize we shouldn’t. For example when Jonas kept asking about releases and then the giver showed him the tape from the Hall of Closed Records of the release of one twin; Jonas soon realized he would have been better off emotionally if he had not asked the question but asking the question and getting the gruesome answer was needed to push him to run away from the community and if he hadn’t asked that question he wouldn’t have been so upset and therefore wouldn’t have ran away. Although this makes you realize Jason shouldn’t have asked such a provoking question it doesn’t deter from the theme and even enhances it.
The other theme of this story is that “We are all individual and that’s a good thing”. This theme was shown throughout the story and isn’t easily noticeable at first. Throughout the story Jonas mentions the age rankings and the special traits of each. Each year the kids in the community get a new trait such as bicycle to show freedom or a front buttoning jacket to show independence and this helps them realize each year you gain individuality and become unique. Also the Job selection that happens when a citizen turns twelve shows that each person has their individual traits and individual skills that others may not posses. The author also places a subtle hint of this theme in the section where the twins are born. The twins look identical but one ways less than the other and that enhances on...

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