The Giver Book Analysis

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Memories are one of the largest equalizers among the human race. Memories of completely wonderful, tingling sensation causing moments or just plain awful instants, everyone has them. If taken from us, the assumption would be that we would be incapacitated to the point of not even knowing ourselves let alone the world around us. However, The Giver depicts this kind of society as a robotic community; only knowing what is taught and rid of those who wonder in thought. When I first picked up this book, I read the back cover summary and was instantly intrigued. I think this book says a lot about my “stick it to the man” personality and rebellious tendencies executed in the most polite of ways in fear of seriously offending those around me. I have read this book countless times and it always shows up to me in the most convenient times throughout my life, when there is doubt about who I am as well as the decisions I need to make or have already made.
In the Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas seems to be just any ordinary eleven year old boy, going through the motions of his regulation and boundary heavy, futuristic society. Belonging to a family unit with a little sister, a mother in law enforcement, and a father who is a nurturer for newborns, he has come to the point in his life where the council must choose a lifelong occupation for him and his peers based on their interests and talents. Jonas is chosen for a very rare occupation called the Receiver, who is unfortunate enough to learn and bare all of the difficult truths of his society and it’s a completely controlled environment. The Giver is heavily burdened with all of the memories of the past world from colors, music, and historic events to the physically and emotionally horrific occasions, which causes him to age faster than his peers. The Giver must transfer all of these memories to Jonas who is eager to learn as much as possible about the good aspects of the past world, but he tends to reject the painful and wicked memories.
The Giver tells Jonas about his daughter who had been chosen to be the new Receiver ten years prior and how the sadness of some of the memories had been too much for her so she had asked to be released. After she died, all of the memories she had collected were released into the community,...

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