Written by Lois Lowry Attended University of Maine - majored in writing. Didn’t start writing professionally until she was in her mid-30s Author of over 20 novels Very talented writer she won many awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. the Boston Globe – Horn Book Award. the California Young Reader’s Medal. the Mark Twain Award. Her father had lost most of his long-term memory.
GENRE :Young adult; science fiction; fantasy; dystopia The story is told completely from Jonas’s point of view. Time : An unspecified time in the future Place :A utopian community Like the Native American oral language their history is not written down and can be lost forever if the receiver dies.
In Jonass utopia everything is controlled by "theElders," right down to who you will marry, whoyou receive as children, and what you will be"assigned" as a career. There is no individuality,everybody is the same except Jonas, the giver andGabriel. They have the ability to see colors, heremusic and most importantly they have memories.Jonas receives memories from the giver and seesthe faults in his utopia and wants to changethings in his community for the better.
every aspect of a persons life is carefully planned. People rarely make choices on their own everything is decided for them by the community. People in the community do not do anything that is different. There is no colors or music, no animals or nature.
paradise comes to mind when you think about their utopia and its people. The idea of Sameness Everyone wears the same things No crimes No criticism No discrimination No wars
Jonas Giver Eleven-year-old The old man known in protagonist of The the community as the Giver Receiver of Memory. Sensitive and Uses his wisdom to help intelligent, with strange the Committee of Elders powers of perception, make important he is chosen to be the decisions new Receiver of Haunted by memories Memory for his of suffering and pain for community carrying the memories He and the giver can see for an entire community colors, feel emotions of people Teaches Jonas
Lily• Jonas’s seven-year- Fiona old sister. Gabriel• Talks a lot Jonas’s friends. • New child that• She is like a normal She has red hair, kid but well- Jonas’s family cares for at which only Jonas informed for a little can see, and works girl. night • has trouble as a Caretaker inAsher sleeping at the House of the Jonas’s best friend night unless Old. speaks too fast, Jonas puts him Has erotic dream mixing up his to sleep with about Fiona. words to the some memories Doesn’t like his • Jonas becomes teachers very close to Assistant Director him. of Recreation.
After Jonas receives memories form the giver hisnew emotional and his new awareness cause himto rebel against the restrictions his society placeson freedom of choice, individuality, emotion, andhuman experience.
Written form Jonass point of view There is no freedom of choice or expression everyone looks and acts the same When a child turns twelve the elders gives them a job in the community based on his or her abilities and interests. You apply a spouse or sometime they assign one , and each couple is assigned exactly two children each.
If your break the rules of the community you are released. When Jonas turns twelve he is given the highly honored Job of “Receiver of Memory” - keeper of the community’s memory. Jonas starts to see faults in the community. Jonas rebels against the community.
The Importance of: self expression individuality life experience rules and order Loneliness
“We really have to protect people from wrong choices.” “ Jonas did not take his pill. Something within him, something that had grown there through the memories, told him to throw the pill away.” "The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. Its the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
"Reading Lois Lowrys The Giver as an Adult." The Atlantic Wire. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.