The Giver By Lois Lowry Essay

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The Giver takes place in this futuristic society where the government controls all. The elders are the head of the society. Their society does not have a name but they call other neighboring societies elsewhere. There society is on some planet which is probably earth. The elders assign each person a job when they turn twelve years old. There are no birthdays and everyone proceeds to the next age on the same day every year. This community is actually very bad because they don’t let their people have memories. The people can’t see color and their atmosphere is controlling and monotonous. . A birth mom gives birth to the kids and the elders assign the kids to a family. The concept of this ...view middle of the document...

His two best friends named Asher and Fiona. The elders say that this is a very vital job in this society. The giver starts to transmit memories to him than include pleasure but also hate. Jonas doesn’t react well to them in the beginning but starts to get used to it. He starts to like the different memories and thinks that other people should have them too. He starts to see the world and becomes more curious. He learns a lot about the world like war, love, snow and tons of other things. However, Jonas starts to dislike the elders because they are hiding a lot from the people. He is disappointed with them. Jonas also has a family baby named Gabriel that lives in his house. He thinks that Gabriel has special capabilities too just like him. He starts to like him and tries to run away with him before he gets released. Another main character is an old man named the giver. The giver is very special because he holds all the memories in the community. He is not very old but looks like that because of his tiring and stressful job. He and Jonas develop a good connection. They talk a lot during their training and begin to understand each other. The giver has stayed in his house for a long time and hasn’t been out that much. He has a very important job in the community because he holds all the memories so the people don’t have to suffer from them. He doesn’t revolt against the elders because he thinks that it is necessary to support his people. The giver takes the burden while Jonas tries to escape with Gabe. The giver can’t share any of his memories with his wife and live s apart from them. The giver also had a kid named Rosemary. Rosemary was chose to be the next receiver 10 years ago in the book. She started her training but couldn’t handle the pressure. She left and went to the elders to apply for release. The giver wants to go back to his old life but can’t because he knows the society will turn into a disaster.
There are many small conflicts in this story but there is one main problem. Jonas does not like the elders and starts to protest against them. He sees how the elders are very controlling and thinks that the people are missing out on a lot of stuff. Jonas becomes very angry with the society. He learns that his own father kills babies. His dad has been lying to him since. He is furious about how people are told to lie to their people to hide things. After learning the memories, he learns that his people are living in isolation and deserve more. The people deserve to have the memories that he has. He knows that running away will release all these memories to the people of the community. There is also another problem with Gabe. Gabe is supposed to be released the morning that Jonas was supposed to leave. Jonas had to take Gabe with him so he wouldn’t get killed. They suffer through the different things of the wild. They starve and run out of food. Also, search planes try to find and capture Jonas and Gabe. Jonas knows that the he and Gabe...

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