The Giver Essay

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Personality: the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character. The Giver, a dystopian novel by Lois Lowry, introduces Jonas, the main character in a society masked by perfection. In reality, it is anything but perfect; feelings are not real, the true meaning of words are masked, differences are unappreciated, history is forgotten-except for one person, the Receiver of Memory. When Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory, he realizes that his community is not at all what he thought it to be. Through the memories, Jonas finds out what his community is hiding and what feelings really are. Throughout this novel, Jonas’s curiosity leads to troubling discoveries. However, he overcomes obstacles, one of them being his own curiosity, by using wisdom and bravery.
One of Jonas’s character traits is curiosity, which at times useful and at times a bother. An example of curiosity from the text is one of Jonas’s flashbacks, when an airplane had flown over his community, Jonas thinks “At first, he had been only fascinated. He had never seen an aircraft so close, for it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community” (1). This shows that Jonas is curious because he wants to know about the aircraft and what it’s purpose was. An additional example of Jonas’s curiosity is when he receives the first memory from the Giver, a foreign memory of sleds and hills. Jonas asks, “‘Why don’t we have snow, and sleds, and hills?’” (83). This proves Jonas’s curiosity because he wants to know; he likes knowing things. Through the painful discoveries from his own curiosity, Jonas uses his most oblivious yet necessary character trait: bravery.
Using bravery, Jonas overcomes the biggest obstacle that comes with memories - pain. At first small pains, then harsh emotional pain. When Jonas finds the Giver in pain one day, he decides to take some of it. He did not know, however, that he would be greeted by excruciating pain. “Overwhelmed by pain, he lay there in the fearsome stench for hours…” (119). Jonas realizes that his community has no real pain, because they don’t have the memories or freedom of choice. He makes a decision with The Giver When Jonas watches others carry on about their lives, he feels overwhelmed by the memories. After Jonas receives the memory of war, he “...didn't want the memories, didn't...

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