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The Giver By Lois Lowry Essay

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In Lois Lowry’s, The Giver, Jonas comes to find who he is through struggles he faces with his family, friends, and the Giver. This novel is complex and surprising (Lord). Zaidman states,” In The Giver, Lowry explores new territory. This fantasy's seemingly perfect society (without pain, disorder, or overpopulation) is actually a frightening dystopia (without love, colors, or sense of the past). (Zaidman)” This novel is fighting a struggle of being on a school reading ban list. The Giver is often challenged because of the adult subject matter (Lord).
Jonas is the boy child in his family unit. He has a younger sister and a mother and father (Overview: The Giver). At dinnertime, the family units sit at the table and have a time where they share their feelings that they felt during the day. Usually, as children, Jonas and his sister, Lily, have a small argument as to who would share first that night at dinner; but this time Jonas wanted to wait (Overview: The Giver). He was not sure of how he was feeling. Lily went first and told how she was angry with some kids that came to visit that day and how they were not following any of the rules (Lowry 5). Their father went next and told his family unit about a child at the nurturing center he works at (Overview: The Giver). Their mother took the next turn and told them about a repeated offender and how seeing him a second time made her angry, guilty, and even worried for him because there are not third transgressions (Overview: The Giver). Jonas went last, but he did not want to share his feelings that night. It was against the rules not to do so, so he had to. Jonas told his family about his apprehensiveness with the upcoming ceremony of twelve (Lowry 9). After Jonas confessed his feelings, his parents asked Lily to head to bed so they could privately discuss Jonas’ feelings with him alone (Lowry 10).
When the family unit wakes in the mornings, they eat breakfast, then talk about the dreams they had. One particular morning Jonas wakes up with ‘morning wood’ because of a dream he had that gave him what the townspeople in the novel call; ‘stirrings’. He feels uncomfortable talking to his mom about this dream and the results, but decides to get it over with because it is against the rules. She assures him that it is not uncommon and that his father and she were expecting him to come and talk to them about it sometime soon.
In the beginning of the assignment of forever jobs, Jonas is looking over the rules and expectations of what us to be him as the receiver of memory. At the time, he felt confused and baffled because he has grown-up his whole 12 years of life with always having certain rules in place and these rules tell him to throw it out the window. The rules stated plainly are:
“1. Go immediately at the end of school hours each day to the Annex entrance behind the House of the Old and present yourself to the attendant. (Lowry 68)” This rule that Jonas has to follow is talking about his work hours on his...

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