"The Giver" By: Lois Lowry Essay

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S (speaker): The story is written in limited omniscient. The novel was told from Jonas’s point of view by someone who observed Jonas. They knew what Jonas was thinking and experiencing, but they only learned what others were thinking as soon as Jonas learned them.O (occasion): Although the actual time period or location was never directly mentioned, the setting always felt familiar but strange. As the book begins, it seems as though they are living in a utopia; yet it quickly becomes apparent that their world is almost more foolish than it is perfect. If anything, this novel is more likely set in the future although many aspects of the novel are nearly impossible, so the idea that there ...view middle of the document...

Overview:The novel begins as the reader slowly learns the basics to a world that seems perfect. The protagonist in the novel is Jonas, an eleven who is living in a place they call the community, a society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war and hatred. Another key aspect of life that the community has eliminated is choice, so at the age of twelve, each member of the community is assigned a job based on their abilities and interests. Jonas lives with his father, a nurturer of new children, his mother, who works at the Department of Justice, and his sister Lily, who is a seven. At the beginning of the novel, he is apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, which is when he will be given his official Assignment as a new adult member of the community. Every child has something to look forward to at the Ceremony, as every year they become more mature and trusted by the members of the community, but no ceremony is as important as the Ceremony of Twelve as it changes your life forever.As the Ceremony got closer, Jonas had absolutely no idea as to what his assignment would be. Many of his close friends were positive as to what their assignments would be, based on the idea that they volunteered at the places where they eventually wanted to work because they loved being there. But Jonas had spread his volunteer hours out throughout almost every volunteer location so that he could get an idea of what he liked but he has yet to find something that he doesn’t like or something that he likes more than everything else. On the day of the Ceremony, Jonas received the job of the “receiver of memory” which undoubtedly is the most respected, yet most vague job throughout the community. The Receiver is the sole keeper of the community’s collective memory. When the community went over to Sameness—its painless, warless, and mostly emotionless state of tranquility and harmony—it abandoned all memories of pain, war, and emotion, but the memories cannot disappear completely. Someone must keep them so that the community can avoid making the mistakes of the past, but no one but the Receiver can bear the...

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