"The Giver" By Lois Lowery. Essay

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This is a research paper about the book The Giver by Lois Lowery. I used sources, the paper includes quotes from many different references and a works cited page. It breaks down the story looking in from a different perspective; as if the world Jonas lives in takes away from the richness of humanlife.A Colorless WorldIn the world today people make their own decisions, clean their own houses, drive their own cars, and live their own lives. Or they think they do. In Lois Lowry's novel The Giver, a young boy named Jonas lives in a uniformed community; he thought he lived a normal life until someone showed him the truth. According to Carol Hurst "The society we find [in the novel] seems ideal. Everyone has a job for which he or she is suited emotionally, physically and mentally" (Hurst). Every family unit has four people a father, mother, daughter, and son. The family members are always happy. This world is free from hunger, disease, crime, and rudeness. This world does not understand any human emotion, but Jonas is forced to experience all of them in less than a year. In her novel, Lowry creates a colorless world devoid of human emotion, both good and bad; Jonas' first glimpse of color foreshadows the richness of human experience that unfolds as he discovers the truth about happiness, pain, true love, and death.Before the committee of elders assigned Jonas his future job as Receiver of Memories, he experienced a few strange happenings. One afternoon while he was tossing an apple around with his friend Asher, the apple somehow changed. He could not understand what it was and no one else saw the change either. This was his first sight of the color red, but living in a colorless world he didn't understand what it was. Later after he was given the memory of a rainbow, he began to experience the fullness and brightness of every color.Even though they live in a colorless world, Jonas' little sister Lilly once stated in the book, "He has funny eyes like yours Jonas!" when she noticed that the baby Gabriel, whom their family unit was caring for, had the same lighter eyes as he did (Lowry 20). This revelation made him feel awkward for being different from everyone else. Lowry wrote, "Almost every citizen in the community had dark eyes...But there were a few exceptions: Jonas himself, and a female Five who he had noticed had the different, lighter eyes" (Lowry 20). This difference in eye color became a key element to the separateness of the job he was assigned. The different, lighter color of their eyes was the color blue. Jonas failed when attempting to transmit memories to Asher to make him understand, but he was able to successfully transmit them to Gabriel to help the baby sleep. The Giver also shared the blue-colored eyes making it only possible for a person with these eyes able to receive the memories. Jonas's introduction to color is soon followed by his introduction to the full palette of human emotion.With only the knowledge of his own community,...

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