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The Giver Background Notes


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The Giver Background Notes

  1. 1. The Giver Lois Lowry Background Notes on the Novel
  2. 2. Key Facts <ul><li>Author: Lois Lowry </li></ul><ul><li>Genre: science fiction, dystopia </li></ul><ul><li>Time: Published in 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Awards: Newberry Award Winner </li></ul>
  3. 3. Literary Terms <ul><li>utopia- an imagined place where everything is perfect </li></ul><ul><li>dystopia- an imagined place where everything is unpleasant </li></ul><ul><li>Will Jonas’s community be a utopia or dystopia? YOU decide! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Literary Terms <ul><li>narrator- a character in literature who tells the story from his/her point of view </li></ul><ul><li>protagonist- the principal character who is the leader of a cause or brings about important change </li></ul><ul><li>Of what do you think Jonas will be the leader? YOU decide! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Literary Terms <ul><li>genre- A category of literary composition </li></ul><ul><li>What are examples of other genres? </li></ul><ul><li>tone- the attitude the writer takes toward a subject or character </li></ul>
  6. 6. Literary Terms <ul><li>motif- a recurring element in a book-- usually relates to one of the story’s themes </li></ul><ul><li>symbol- an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Literary Terms <ul><li>theme- a story’s insight about life </li></ul><ul><li>foreshadowing- the use of hints to suggest what will happen later in the story </li></ul><ul><li>A PowerPoint presentation about important novel notes would likely foreshadow what??? YOU decide! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Novel Facts <ul><li>Narrator: Third-person narration; Jonas </li></ul><ul><li>Point of view: Jonas- The reader only knows what Jonas knows and observes. </li></ul><ul><li>Tone: Lowry uses direct, simple language. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting: Time- an unspecified time in the future; Place- a utopian community </li></ul>
  9. 9. Novel Facts <ul><li>Protagonist- Jonas </li></ul><ul><li>Themes- free will, memory, pain vs. pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Motifs- nakedness, vision, release </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols- Gabriel, the river, the sled </li></ul><ul><li>Foreshadowing- occurs during the Ceremony of 12; occurs during the interaction with the old woman </li></ul>